"This a photograph
belongs to my Father. He was and remains
a book dealer and a keen collector of postcards and early photographs.
The name of J. Howie Junior....spelt Junr... and
60 Princes Street Edinburgh are visible in the bottom left and right hand
Father dates the photograph to Circa 1870-1880.
Regrettably there are no identifying marks on the photo or board to help
to date the photo.
that the group of men pictured
are Students studying at the University's
Medical School. He bases this theory on the fact that there are only 15
men in it (which is perhaps consistent with the number in study/lecture
groups of the time) there are two men of different ethnicity (nationality)
suggesting that they were either selected or invited to enroll at the
world renowned Medical College because they
might have represented the 'cream'
of their countries'
potential doctors, and that the man on the
right seated at the table reading a book is
possibly the group's Professor and/or mentor."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
"At the moment this is just
a theory/opinion, but my father, (with
his encyclopeadic historical, literary and
photographic knowledge) maintains that the
man standing in the back row third from the right with his hand on the
shoulder of the man seated in front of him OR the
tallest man standing in the back row fifth from the right is the late
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when he was a young man
also studying medicine at the University.
Although I was
initially sceptical about his visual identification of Conan Doyle,
the research I've done to date indicates that there are some striking
similarities of these two men with images of Conan Doyle that are
available on various internet websites dedicated to him.
Conan Doyle has no living
descendants, and the authority on him, Lancelyn Green is now also
established that Lancelyn Green collection of
Conan Doyle memorabilia, including photographs,
is currently being exhibited at Portsmouth City Museum.
Before I consult
with the museum, I want to be certain that this
is the work of Howie Junior himself and that he did, on
commission, photograph students of the
Paul Argyle, North Devon, England:
November 7, 2009