Sunday, March 03, 2013

Sherlock Holmes Illustrations

What did Sherlock Holmes really look like? What did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle envision when he dreamed up his Consulting Detective who has inspired so many spin offs of late?
Sidney Paget was responsible for creating the most popular version of the wold's most famous detective.
Paget gave Holmes the deerstalker hat and the Inverness cape that we associate with Holmes so often.  Supposedly Paget was fond of wearing the double billed cap with ear flaps.
Holmes, in Sir Conan Doyle's writings, claimed to be 6 ft tall but Watson said he was actually taller.

My personal favorite Sherlock is Jeremy Brett who played Sherlock for Granada Television from 1984 to 1994.  Brett was 6 ' 1'' and very thin in the early part of the series.
Robert Downey Jr. is only 5' 9" according to Internet Movie Database.  I like Robert Downey Jr. but it just doesn't work for me!

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