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Author Topic: The Inspiration for Dr. John Watson?  (Read 893 times)
Zeppelin Captain

« 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:
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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

Dr. John Watson (by artist Sidney Paget) left

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..."

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