Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Original Antique Drawing of 'Cows in the Drive' Bignell Wood


Charming original pen and ink drawing by Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, (1859-1930), entitled "Cows in the Drive", drawn on his personal correspondence card with his name and address for Bignell Wood, probably a scene from home, signed iwth his initials on the reverse, subsequently scribbled out by him. Comes with a photocopy of the auction lot featuring this card. Mounted under conservation glass in a black wooden frame by Pure & Applied conservators of London.

In 2004 Christie's Auctioneers offered an exciting literary discovery - the lost personal papers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Never before seen in public, the collection was recently re-discovered in the London office of a firm of lawyers, its whereabouts having last been recorded some forty years earlier. He was evidently an inveterate cartoonist, and has a disttinct charm

He was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories featuring the famous detective. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. One of Doyle's early short stories, "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement", helped to popularise the mystery of the Mary Celeste.

Size of Drawing: 14 x 9.5 cm approx
Size of Frame: 24 x 20 cm approx

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