ILLUSTRATOR FRANK WILES
Frank Wiles (1881-1963) was the fourth son of the noted British sculptor, Henry Wiles. His brother, Walter Gilbert „WG” Wiles was a well-known painter as well.
Francis „Frank” Edmund Wiles was born in Cambridge. He was the most talented student in the excellent School of Art. Later he began to paint portraits. In 1914 he married Mabel Spencer Troughton. They had a daughter, Janet Rosina, and one son, Richard Francis. Frank travelled to South Africa with his brother – WG became the favourite landscape painter of the country, while Frank painted the portrait of Prime Minister Jan Smuts. (The painting had been cut out of its frame and stolen in 1997.)
Wiles made black and white illustrations for Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories in The Strand Magazine. Readers were fond of the drawings of Sidney Paget, but Sir Arthur said after seeing the following picture of Wiles:
" This comes nearest to my conception of what he really looks like. "
Other Sherlock drawings by Frank Wiles:
Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories
Sherlock Holmes illustrators