The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest

Treasure of the Month - September 2014

Arthur Conan Doyle with Captain William Longstaff who is adding detail to his painting, The Eternal March, April 1928

Arthur Conan Doyle with William Longstaff (1879-1953)

William Longstaff (1879 - 1953) was an official war artist with the Australian armed forces in the First World War. He went on to paint many allegorical paintings in which he drew on his experience during the war years. One of these paintings, 'Menin Gate at Midnight (Ghosts of Menin Gate)', depicts the spectres of countless men standing guard in the cornfields outside the Menin Gate Memorial. Longstaff painted 'The Eternal March', (which shows a long procession of the dead crossing the river Styx) nine hours after a séance which Conan Doyle also attended. Conan Doyle bought the painting.





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