Charles Altamont Doyle (British, 1832-1893), The Eavesdroppers, pen and watercolor over pencil,
Gift of Princess Nina Mdivani Conan Doyle with assistance from The Friends. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Often dismissed as the work of a madman, the colorful fairy-filled watercolors of Charles Altamont Doyle, produced during his time as an inmate at Montrose Royal Lunatic Asylum, have languished in relative obscurity for over a hundred years. On display for the first time since 1980, the sixteen works in "The Unseen World of Charles Altamont Doyle" bring the forgotten father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle out of the shadows and into a new light.