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Author Topic: The Inspiration for Dr. John Watson?  (Read 423 times)
RJBowman
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« on: August 10, 2015, 04:21:51 am »

It has never occurred to me to look for the inspiration for John Watson, probably because I always thought of Doyle as Watson. But I few minutes ago I did a google search and found and article, very sparse of supporting information, published in the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10623621/Is-this-Sherlocks-real-Dr-Watson.html
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2015, 04:18:57 pm »

Like you, I always thought it was Doyle...military record, so-so physician who turns to writing...Perhaps Smith was the visual inspiration...? (He does look more like Doyle's physical description of Watson than did Doyle himself.)


Dr. William Smith, left
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10623621/Is-this-Sherlocks-real-Dr-Watson.html


Dr. John Watson (by artist Sidney Paget) left
http://www.bestofsherlock.com/ref/black-peter-christies-2014.htm#paget2

The article is from 2014; I'm curious to discover if there was any follow-up. Were there perhaps any discussions on any of the innumerable Holmes society/fan club newsletters?
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 04:34:25 pm »

From BBC's article reporting the same news:

"...There have been several other claims on who was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes' famous sidekick over the years.

Dr John Watson - a Southsea doctor who served time in Manchuria and was an acquaintance of Doyle - has been linked to the character.

And evidence from the first Holmes' novel, A Study In Scarlet, suggests that then Surgeon-Major Alexander Francis Preston may have been the model for Dr Watson as their experiences in the Afghan war were similar..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-26070900

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