J. Watson Davis

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
John Watson Davis

John Watson Davis (1870-1959) was an American illustrator. He mainly drew religious pictures, but he also illustrated Conan Doyle's Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe novels, Zane Grey novels and other books and magazines. His father, John Steeple Davis, also a book illustrator. Born in New York, Davis moved with his family to Paris in 1880. Davis returned to Brooklyn circa 1890, and began his commercial artist career. To avoid confusion with other artists named "John W. Davis," he began signing his work "J. Watson Davis." He married Agnes Danforth, with whom he had four children; they subsequently moved to Hollis, New York. Davis was living in California at the time of his death. [1]

In 1906, he did several illustrations for Arthur Conan Doyle's stories included in Tales of Sherlock Holmes.