petrusplancius (petrusplancius) wrote,

Charles Altamont Doyle (1832-1893), two paintings from the time of his madness

Charles Altamont Doyle was the father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He was a rather unsuccessful artist who became a depressive alcoholic, and ended up in a lunatic asylum near Montrose. Some of his paintings from that period are quite striking. This one is entitled St Giles, his Bells. It shows the crown steeple of St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh (among other things).

The Spirits of the Prisoners, showing the Montrose Asylum. Victorian fairly lore provided an expressive language for him in these paintings. His son Arthur actually believed in them.
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