The Real-Life Figures Who Inspired Conan Doyle’s Characters

Meet the real people behind some of the most iconic characters from the Sherlock Holmes books.

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Joseph Bell

Joseph Bell
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Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry
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Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria
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Charles Augustus Howell

Charles Augustus Howell
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James McParland

Molly Maguires
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  • Harper's Weekly illustration of a meeting of the Molly Maguires.

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Adam Worth

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  • Worth's gravestone in London's Highgate Cemetery.

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Major Henry Levenson

Sebastian Moran
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  • An illustration of Moran from The Adventure of the Empty House.

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