Monday, January 28, 2013

RIP Sidney Paget - The man who brought Sherlock Holmes to vivid life

Sidney Paget drawings Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

Sidney Edward Paget passed away on this day in 1908.

Arthur Conan Doyle was an expert wordsmith and a master storyteller. His timeless stories featuring the Great Detective were further embellished with Paget’s superb drawings.

Paget created the iconic image of Sherlock Holmes wearing the deerstalker cap and the Inverness Cape. Conan Doyle did describe Holmes’ physicality in A Study in Scarlet but never mentioned these specifics.

Sherlock Holmes deerstalker cap inverness cape sidney paget arthur conan doyle

As the famous proverb goes: “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

In addition to Sherlock Holmes, Paget also brought two other major characters memorably to life: Professor Moriarty and Mycroft Holmes.

Professor Moriarty Mycroft Holmes Sidney Paget drawings Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

RIP Sidney.

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