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Arthur Conan Doyle
by Henry L. Gates
oil on canvas, 1927
29 in. x 24 1/2 in. (737 mm x 622 mm)
Given by the sitter's daughter, Dame (Lena Annette) Jean Bromet (née Conan Doyle), 1959
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