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Sidney Paget Original Drawings and Artwork:

A Census and Checklist Update from His Sesquicentennial

by Randall Stock, July 22, 2012

 

Sidney Paget is famous for his Sherlock Holmes drawings for the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  This census identifies Sidney Paget original artwork for the Holmes stories and provides a basic description and provenance.  While it primarily focuses on illustrations for the Holmes stories, it also identifies Paget paintings and original art for other stories.

 

This is the most complete Paget census available, yet many drawings remain unrecorded and three Holmes drawings have not been reported for more than 25 years.  Any help in locating them or other original Paget art would be much appreciated.  As always I will keep owners and source's identity private upon request.  If you know of other drawings or have additional information about the ones listed here, please contact me.

 

NEWS: Paget drawing from "Silver Blaze" goes to auction at Christie's in June 2014

 

Sidney Paget drawing of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Silver Blaze

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Sherlock Holmes Drawings

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Sources & Acknowledgements

 

 

 

Sidney Paget Original Sherlock Holmes Drawings

 

Sidney Paget created more than 350 drawings for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and established the iconic image of the great detective.  Many of these have been lost or destroyed, and only 30 are known to exist.  This section lists those extant original Sherlock Holmes drawings by Sidney Paget.  He also drew for other Conan Doyle stories and did a painting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

Missing Holmes drawings: see the three Holmes drawings which have not been reported for more than 25 years.

 

Drawings are listed chronologically by publication date and then in the sequence in which they appeared in the text.  Unless noted, images are from The Strand Magazine and NOT the original drawing.  For a key to interpreting an entry, see the Census Notes at the bottom of this page.  Please contact me with any additions, corrections or suggestions.  I keep identities private upon request.

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Red-Headed League

"All afternoon he sat in the stalls"

Owner: University of Minnesota, Allen Mackler Collection

The Strand Magazine, August 1891, p. 199, "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash on paper (9 x 6 in. matted), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower center and captioned in ink at bottom as "No. 8     all afternoon he sat in the stalls."

 

History: Bequeathed to the University by Allen Mackler, who died in December 2005.  Purchased by Mackler from Peter L. Stern, a dealer.  Previously owned by J. Bliss Austin, who died in 1988 and left his collection to the Library of Lehigh University.  The collection was sold at auction in May 1990 to benefit the library and it was purchased en bloc by a consortium including Stern. 

 

Collection Notes:

University of Minnesota, Sherlock Holmes Collections, Allen Mackler Collection

Not currently in their online catalog or finding aids.

Exhibited: Victorian Secrets & Edwardian Enigmas (PDF), 6/11/07-8/20/07

Exhibited: Through The Eyes of an Enthusiast: The Allen Mackler Collection (PDF), 6/1/10-8/29/10, Case 1, No. 3.

 

Notes: Framed for Mackler in Minnesota.  Also reproduced in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, London 1892, p. 46 and New York, facing p. 46.  (Last updated: 6/6/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Boscombe Valley Mystery

"We had the carriage to ourselves"

Owner: Saul Cohen

The Strand Magazine, October 1891, p. 401, "The Boscombe Valley Mystery."

 

Description: Original wash or watercolor (9 x 6 1/4 in. matted), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower center and captioned in ink at bottom as (in part) "We had the carriage to ourselves."  The mat conceals some additional text to the left of the caption (probably "no. 1") and something below it.

 

History: Bequeathed to the owner by Dame Jean Conan Doyle.  Given to her by Adrian or Denis Conan Doyle.  Previously owned by Lady Doyle (Jean Leckie) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

Notes: Cardboard backing from Dame Jean's frame inscribed by her "This is the first appearance of SH in a deerstalker."  The backing was removed when the drawing was cleaned, re-matted and reframed in 1999.  The new mat has two beveled cutouts, one showing the drawing and the other showing the caption below it.  The drawing height is given from the top of the image mat area to the bottom of the caption mat area.  Also reproduced in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, London 1892, p. 79.  Byerly #1.  (Last updated: 7/11/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Copper Beeches

"Taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs"

Owner: Jon Lellenberg

The Strand Magazine, June 1892, p. 613, "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash drawing on card (7 x 10 1/2 in.), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower left corner and captioned in ink at top as "no. 1     Taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs | 2505" [the "2505" falls directly below "no. 1" with the caption off to the right].

 

History: Bequeathed to the owner by Dame Jean Conan Doyle.  Given to her by Adrian or Denis Conan Doyle.  Previously owned by Lady Doyle (Jean Leckie) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

Notes: Cardboard backing from Dame Jean's frame inscribed by her in blue ink "From 'The Copper Beeches' " and separately "Jean Conan Doyle" with the latter underlined.  These two pieces of backing board have been transferred along with other material to the reverse of a new two-sided standing frame.  Also reproduced in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, London 1892, p. 290.  Byerly #2.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for Silver Blaze

"Holmes gave me a sketch of the events"

Owner: Private collector

The Strand Magazine, December 1892, p. 646, "The Adventure of Silver Blaze."

 

Description: Original pen & ink with wash (7 x 9 1/2 inches matted).  No caption visible inside mat, but initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner.

 

History: Purchased by the husband of the current owner in July 1974 from the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman).  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Loaned by Adrian Conan Doyle for the 1951 Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London (item #20).  Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 3.  Byerly #3.  (Last updated: 2/11/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Cardboard Box

"I fell into a brown study"

Owner: Toronto Public Library

The Strand Magazine, January 1893, p. 61, "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash drawing (7 x 10 1/4 inches matted), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner and captioned in ink in the upper left hand corner as "no. 1   I fell into a brown study."

 

History: Purchased in November 1980 from the House of El Dieff.  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate and offered by Lew David Feldman (House of El Dieff) for the estate in 1975.

 

Collection Notes:

Toronto Public Library, The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Not currently in their online catalog or finding aids.

Exhibited: Images of Sherlock Holmes 6/26/97-8/2/97

 

Notes: Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 168 for use with the story "The Resident Patient."  Conan Doyle omitted "The Cardboard Box" from The Memoirs but transferred much of the story's opening to "The Resident Patient" in the book edition.  Byerly #4.  (Last updated: 6/11/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Yellow Face

"He held it up"

Owner: Not known

The Strand Magazine, February 1893, p. 163, "The Adventure of the Yellow Face."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash (7 x 9 in.).  Reportedly captioned as "He held it up" and probably initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower center.

 

History: Offered by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in 1975.  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Please contact me if you know the location of this drawing (see larger image of this "missing" Paget).  Description based only on published reports.  Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 34.  Byerly #5.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Stockbroker's Clerk

" 'Nothing could be better,' said Holmes"

Owner: Private Collector

The Strand Magazine, March 1893, p. 281, "The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk."

 

Description: Original wash drawing (7 x 10 inches matted).  No caption visible inside mat, but initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner.

 

History: Offered by Pepper & Stern as part of the Epstein collection in 1985.  Purchased by Marvin P. Epstein, who died in March 1988, from the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in early 1974.  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Shown at "Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition" in 2010 and at the "Images of Sherlock Holmes" exhibition at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library in 1997.  Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 55.  Byerly #6.  (Last updated: 5/19/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Musgrave Ritual

"A curious collection"

Owner: Otto Penzler

The Strand Magazine, May 1893, p. 480, "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual."

 

Description: Original wash on pasteboard (12 x 14 in.), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner.  The mat probably conceals the caption "A Curious Collection."

 

History: Purchased in 1975 from the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman).  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Framed for the House of El Dieff.  Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 101.  Byerly #7.  (Last updated: 7/9/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Crooked Man

"I'll fill a vacant peg, then"

Owner: Not known

The Strand Magazine, July 1893, p. 22, "The Adventure of the Crooked Man."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash (10 1/2 x TBD inches), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower left corner.  Probably has the words "Crooked Man" written in the upper right corner and reportedly captioned as "Thank you! I'll fill the vacant peg then."

 

History: Offered by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in 1975.  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Please contact me if you know the location of this drawing (see larger image of this "missing" Paget).  Description based on published reports.  Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 146.  Byerly #8.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Crooked Man

"What do you make of that?"

Owner: Andrew Peck

The Strand Magazine, July 1893, p. 26, "The Adventure of the Crooked Man."

 

Description: Original wash drawing (7 x 9 3/4 in. matted), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner and captioned in pencil at top as "No. 3     Carefully unfolded it upon his knee."

 

History: Purchased from a private collector.

 

Notes: Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 154.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Resident Patient

"Holmes opened it and smelled the single cigar which it contained"

Owner: Jerry Margolin

The Strand Magazine, August 1893, p. 136, "The Adventure of the Resident Patient."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash on paper on board (10 x 7 in.), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner and captioned in ink at bottom as "No. 6     Holmes opened it & smelled the single | cigar which it contained."

 

History: Purchased in 1987 from a private collector in Canada.  Previously owned by Peter L. Stern, the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman), and the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 186.  Byerly #9.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Naval Treaty

"Holmes examined it critically"

Owner: Not known

The Strand Magazine, November 1893, p. 462, "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty." (Part II.)

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash (9 1/2 x 7 in.).  Reportedly captioned "Holmes examined it critically," and probably initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower center.

 

History: Offered by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in 1975.  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Please contact me if you know the location of this drawing (see larger image of this "missing" Paget).  Description based only on published reports.  Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 244.  Byerly #10.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Naval Treaty

"Is there any other point which I can make clear?"

Owner: The University of Texas at Austin

The Strand Magazine, November 1893, p. 468, "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty." (Part II.)

 

Description: Original ink and wash with white highlights on board (7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches), initialed "SP" by the artist and inscribed in ink on mat "Hesketh Prichard from his friend Arthur Conan Doyle."

 

History: Purchased at auction by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in 1959.  Previously owned by Hesketh Prichard and Arthur Conan Doyle (from inscription).

 

Collection Notes:

The Harry Ransom Center Art Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Item 65.157, but not currently in their online catalog or finding aids.

The Ransom Center also holds a drawing from "The Norwood Builder."

 

Notes: Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 255.  (Last updated: 3/25/08)

 

 

Sidney Paget frontispiece for the Final Problem

"The death of Sherlock Holmes"

Owner: Private collector in Illinois

The Strand Magazine, December 1893, p. 558 (frontispiece), "The Adventure of the Final Problem."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash drawing (10 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.), signed "Sidney Paget | 1893" by the artist in the lower left corner.  The drawing consists of two sections, with the lower piece being 3 3/8 inches high.

 

History: Sold at auction by Maurice F. Neville in 2004.  Previously owned by Sotheby Parke Bernet in 1983, and offered by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) for the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate in 1971.

 

Notes: Shown at the 2011 Newberry Library Conan Doyle - Holmes Symposium.  Loaned by Adrian Conan Doyle for the 1951 Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London (item #26).  Also reproduced as the frontispiece to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893] and New York 1894 (which is used for the image here).  Byerly #11.  (Last updated: 10/1/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Final Problem

"He turned his rounded back upon me"

Owner: Charles M. Collins

The Strand Magazine, December 1893, p. 563, "The Adventure of the Final Problem."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash (9 x 6 1/2 inches matted).  It is initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower center portion.  There is no handwritten caption visible in the drawing's display area, but a typewritten caption has been added beneath the drawing in a cut-out portion of the mat.

 

History: Bequeathed to the current owner by Chris Steinbrunner, who died in July 1993.  Purchased by Steinbrunner from the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) circa 1974-1976.  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Held in a gold frame (16 x 12 inches) with a red mat as received by the current owner.  Loaned by Adrian Conan Doyle for the 1951 Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London (item #29).  Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 264.  Byerly #12.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Final Problem

"My decrepit Italian friend"

Owner: Private Collector

The Strand Magazine, December 1893, p. 565, "The Adventure of the Final Problem."

 

Description: Original pen, ink and wash (8 3/4 x 7 inches matted).  No caption visible inside mat, but initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower center.

 

History: Part of the Florence and Edward Kaye collection offered for sale by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) circa 1974, and probably sold separately by 1978.

 

Notes: Shown at "Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition" in 2010.  Reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 267 and New York (revised) 1894, p. 250.  Byerly #13.  (Last updated: 5/19/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Final Problem

"I saw Holmes gazing down at the rush of the waters"

Owner: Ms. Willy Werby

The Strand Magazine, December 1893, p. 568, "The Adventure of the Final Problem."

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash (10 1/2 x 7 in.), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right-center and captioned in ink at bottom as "No. 7     I saw Holmes gazing down at the rush of the waters."

 

History: Purchased in 1980 from John Howell Books, who got it from the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman).  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Re-matted and re-framed for the owner.  Exhibited in May 1991 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.  Also reproduced in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London [1893], p. 275.  Byerly #14.  (Last updated: 7/7/10)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Hound of the Baskervilles

"There he sat upon a stone"

Owner: Private Collector

The Strand Magazine, February 1902, p. 124, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Chapter XII).

 

Description: Original wash and pencil on board (dimensions unknown).  No details available on caption, but probably initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner.

 

History: Owned by the Paget family in 1983.  Purchased by the current owner many years ago.

 

Notes: This scene is described in the matching leaf from the Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript (H27).  Description based only on published reports.  Also reproduced in The Hound of the Baskervilles, London 1902, p. 260.  Byerly #15.  (Last updated: 3/4/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget frontispiece for The Hound of the Baskervilles

"The Hound of the Baskervilles"

Owner: Occidental College (Los Angeles, California)

The Strand Magazine, March 1902, p. 242 (frontispiece), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Chapter XIII).

 

Description: Original drawing (9 1/2 x 7 in), signed "S. PAGET" in the lower left corner and captioned by the artist in pencil as "a hound it was, an enormous hound | [illegible] Baskerville."  To the right of the caption appears "P.T." (possibly for Please Turn Over with the "O" hidden by the mat).  There is also an arrow pointing from right to left, and the text "Frontes."  On the back of the drawing the artist wrote "To engraver | Keep background of fog as | flat as possible | S.P."  Above this note are the letters "Mar" and in the upper right corner in a box is written in a different hand "By Sidney Paget | Illustration [symbol that looks like an incomplete "#"] | "The Hound of | the Baskervilles | by Conan Doyle."  There are also various numbers on the back, and in a different color "5620Levisrp, 20 engraver."

 

History: E. T. Guymon, Jr. sent the original drawing to Occidental in 1964 along with a donation of 529 items consisting of Conan Doyle material and Sherlockiana . The official donation of the painting is recorded as 1974. This set is part of the larger Guymon Mystery & Detective Fiction Collection of 16,000 volumes.

 

Collection Notes:

Ned Guymon Mystery and Detective Fiction Collection at Occidental College

OASys catalog reference under Notes for the book "The Hound of the Baskervilles" 

Shown: Murder in the Library 11/14/09; see event photo with Paget drawing at right

 

Notes: Framed with a clear glass backing in order to see Paget's instructions on the back of the drawing.  Also reproduced in The Hound of the Baskervilles, London 1902, p. 310 (illustrating the text for p. 321).  (Last updated: 10/20/10)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Hound of the Baskervilles

" 'Phosphorus!' I said"

Owner: Private Collector

The Strand Magazine, April 1902, p. 364, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Chapter XIV).

 

Description: Original wash and pencil on board (10 x 7 1/2 inches matted).  No caption visible inside mat, but initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner.

 

History: Purchased by Quaritch at auction in 1980.  Previously owned by the Reverend John R. Paget and Miss Winifred Paget, the children of Sidney Paget.

 

Notes:  Shown at the "You Know My Methods" exhibition in 2012 and at "Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition" in 2010.  Loaned by Winifred Paget for the 1951 Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London (item #33).  Byerly #16.  (Last updated: 6/30/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Hound of the Baskervilles

"A Retrospection"

Owner: Private collector

The Strand Magazine, April 1902, p. 368, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Chapter XV).

 

Description: Original watercolor (approx. 9  x 7 1/8 inches visible area), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner and captioned at top as "A Retrospection."  Two now-illegible words appear above the caption and have been heavily crossed out, and the caption itself has a line through it.

 

History: Purchased by the current owner in 1990 from Douglas Wilmer.  The son of the Assistant Art Editor of The Strand Magazine gave it to Wilmer to commemorate his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television series.

 

Notes: Unlike other Holmes illustrations, the caption is based on a chapter title rather than text from a story.  (Last updated: 6/14/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Norwood Builder

"A wild-eyed and frantic young man burst into the room"

Owner: Private collection of Dr. Constantine Rossakis

The Strand Magazine, November 1903, p. 484, "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder."

 

Description: Original drawing in grisaille in gouache washes over pencil, highlighted in white (14 x 10 1/2 inches matted), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right portion and captioned in pencil at bottom as "Norwood builder 1 ['1' is circled] | burst into the room."

 

History: Purchased by Jerry Wachs at auction in 1999 from a gentleman who bought it from the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in 1974, and sold to the current owner in 2002.  Previously owned by Edgar W. Smith.

 

Notes: Description based only on published reports.  (Last updated: 4/25/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Norwood Builder

"Look at that with your magnifying glass, Mr. Holmes"

Owner: The University of Texas at Austin

The Strand Magazine, November 1903, p. 492, "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder."

 

Description: Original ink and wash with white highlights on board (10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches), initialed "SP" by the artist and inscribed in ink on mat "Hesketh Prichard from his friend Arthur Conan Doyle."

 

History: Purchased at auction by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in 1959.  Previously owned by Hesketh Prichard and Arthur Conan Doyle (from inscription).

 

Collection Notes:

The Harry Ransom Center Art Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Item 65.158, but not currently in their online catalog or finding aids.

See a photo of Paget's original Holmes drawing or view a Flash slideshow in a UT blog about their Conan Doyle holdings

The Ransom Center also holds a drawing from "The Naval Treaty."

 

Notes: Also reproduced in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, London 1905, opposite p. 53.  (Last updated: 6/2/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Priory School

"I heard him chuckle as the light fell upon a patched Dunlop tyre."

Owner: Private Collector

The Strand Magazine, February 1904, p. 122 (frontispiece), "The Adventure of the Priory School."

 

Description: Original wash drawing (9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches matted).  No caption visible inside mat, but initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right corner.

 

History: Not known.

 

Notes: Shown at "Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition" in 2010.  (Last updated: 5/19/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Three Students

"With his neck craned, he looked into the room"

Owner: Private collection of Dr. Constantine Rossakis

The Strand Magazine, June 1904, p. 606, "The Adventure of the Three Students."

 

Description: Original wash and pencil (11 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches) in card mount.  Initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower left portion, and reported to have the phrase "Three students (2)" written in script and in pencil at the right base of the drawing.

 

History: Probably sold by a private collector to the current owner after 1997.  Offered by Pepper & Stern in 1993.  Purchased by Neville at auction in 1980.  Previously owned by the Reverend John R. Paget and Miss Winifred Paget, the children of Sidney Paget.

 

Notes: Description based only on published reports.  Shown at the "Images of Sherlock Holmes" exhibition at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library in 1997, and reproduced in the event poster.  Loaned by Winifred Paget for the 1951 Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London (item #38).  Byerly #17.  (Last updated: 4/25/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for the Missing Three-Quarter

"He never looked up until Holmes's hand was on his shoulder"

Owner: Private Collector

The Strand Magazine, August 1904, p. 135, "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter."

 

Description: Original wash drawing.  No details available on a caption, but initialed "SP" by the artist at lower left.

 

History: Owned by a private collector in 1997 and sold to a different private collector since then.

 

Notes: Shown at "Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition" in 2010 and at the "Images of Sherlock Holmes" exhibition at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library in 1997.  (Last updated: 5/19/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget frontispiece for the Second Stain

"It hinged back like the lid of a box"

Owner: Private Collector

The Strand Magazine, December 1904, p. 602 (frontispiece), "The Adventure of the Second Stain."

 

Description: Original wash and pencil on board (10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, 14 x 10 1/2 board).  No caption, but signed "SIDNEY PAGET | 1904" in block letters by the artist in the lower right corner.  Marginal notes of "454 Wh (?) | to Match other || /  SP  S.S.         Tresby (?)" and "3 3/8 dE?".

 

History: Purchased by Quaritch at auction in 1980.  Previously owned by the Reverend John R. Paget and Miss Winifred Paget, the children of Sidney Paget.

 

Notes: Shown at "Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition" in 2010.  Loaned by Winifred Paget for the 1951 Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London (item #39).  Reproduced in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, London 1905, facing p. 392.  Byerly #18.  (Last updated: 5/19/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget portrait of Sherlock Holmes - A

[Portrait of Sherlock Holmes (A)]

Owner: Offered by Biblioctopus (Mark Hime) in 2010

Not published with any story.  The Cornhill Magazine, No. 987 (Summer 1951), p. 253. 

 

Description: Original ink and wash (5 3/4 x 8 in.), not signed or captioned.

 

History: Held by at least one private collector since 1980 and offered in 2010 through Biblioctopus.  Purchased by Quaritch at auction in 1980, acting as agent for the American dealer John Howell, who bought on behalf of a private collector.  Previously owned by the Reverend John R. Paget and Miss Winifred Paget, the children of Sidney Paget.

 

Notes: Description based only on published reports.  One of three known Paget portraits of Holmes that were not published with a Holmes story, this drawing was reportedly torn in half by the artist and the top portion recovered by his wife from a waste-paper basket.  Loaned by Winifred Paget for the 1951 Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London (item #40).  Displayed at The Sherlock Holmes pub in Northumberland Street starting in the late 1950s.  Photo courtesy of Sidney Paget's granddaughter.  Byerly #19.  (Last updated: 10/25/10)

 

 

Sidney Paget portrait of Sherlock Holmes - B

[Portrait of Sherlock Holmes (B)]

Owner: Private collection of Dr. Constantine Rossakis

Not published with any story.  [see note regarding reproduction]

 

Description: Original ink and wash drawing, heightened with white (10 x 7 inches), not captioned but signed "SIDNEY PAGET | 1904" in block letters by the artist in the lower right corner.

 

History: Sold at Sotheby's December 1998 auction of the Norman L. Rosenbaum collection.  Purchased by the dealer Nigel Williams, who was acting as agent for the American dealer Peter L. Stern, who was acting for the current owner.

 

Notes: Description based only on published reports.  One of three known Paget portraits of Holmes that were not published with a Holmes story.  The drawing appears as the frontispiece to all three volumes of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes edited by Leslie Klinger, and that may be the first reproduction outside of a dealer or auction catalog.  Photo courtesy of the owner.  (Last updated: 4/25/11)

 

 

Sidney Paget portrait of Sherlock Holmes - C

[Portrait of Sherlock Holmes (C)]

Owner: City of Portsmouth, England

Not published with any Holmes story.  Dictionary of Literary Biography, v. 70 (1988), p. 118.

 

Description: Original wash and pencil drawing, probably on composition paper mounted on board (6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches), signed "Sidney Paget | Dec 1904" in the lower right quadrant.  Mounted, framed, and glazed.

 

History: Bequeathed to Portsmouth by Richard Lancelyn Green, who died in March 2004.  Offered by Biblioctopus (Mark Hime) in 1983 for $7,500.  Hime purchased it from Peter L. Stern, a dealer.  Stern bought it from George Locke, who got the drawing for £800 at a 24 September 1980 auction at Sotheby King & Chasemore in Pulborough, West Sussex.  Previously owned by the widow of the Paget family gardener. 

 

Collection Notes:

The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest, Portsmouth City Council

Not currently in their online catalog or finding aids.

Exhibited: A Study in Sherlock 6/23/07-present (City Museum in Portsmouth)

There are two other (non-Holmes) Paget drawings in the Portsmouth collection. 

 

Notes: One of three known Paget portraits of Holmes that were not published with a Holmes story (see above).  Hime first reproduced the drawing in his 1983 catalog and this was reprinted in the Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Mystery Writers, 1860-1919.  The Winter 2008 Sherlock Holmes Journal contains a very nice reproduction of it from Portsmouth.  Hime's 1983 catalog describes the drawing as framed in oak, with velvet matting and an engraved plate. That seems to match its appearance when owned by Green, with the plate identifying the drawing as "Sidney Paget | Portrait of Sherlock Holmes | 1904."  Photo courtesy of Portsmouth.  Byerly #20.  (Last updated: 7/4/10)

 

 

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Original Paget Drawings for Other Conan Doyle Stories

 

While Paget is best-known for his Holmes drawings, he also created illustrations for a number of other stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Some of these stories included Rodney Stone, The Tragedy of the Korosko, "The Crime of the Brigadier," "The Croxley Master," and Round the Fire Stories such as "The Japanned Box," "Playing with Fire," "The Jew's Breastplate," "The Club-Footed Grocer," "The Brazilian Cat," "The Usher of Lea House School," "The Brown Hand," and "B.24."

 

Drawings are listed chronologically by publication date and then in the sequence in which they appeared in the text.  Unless noted, images are from the first publication and NOT the original drawing.  For a key to interpreting an entry, see the Census Notes at the bottom of this page.  Please contact me with any additions, corrections or suggestions.  I keep identities private upon request.

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Tragedy of the Korosko

" 'Isn't it a sacrilege?' said the Oxford Man"

Owner: Not known

The Strand Magazine, May 1897, p. 495, The Tragedy of the Korosko (Chapter II).

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash (10 1/2 x 7 in.).  No details available on caption, but probably initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right portion.

 

History: Offered by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in 1975.  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Notes: Please contact me if you know the location of this drawing.  Description based only on published reports.  Not in the 1898 London or Philadelphia first editions.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Tragedy of the Korosko

"They all looked at the long string of red-turbaned riders"

Owner: The Newberry Library (Chicago, Illinois)

The Strand Magazine, May 1897, p. 497, The Tragedy of the Korosko (Chapter II).

 

Description: Original pen & ink and wash (10 x 7 inches).  No details available on caption, but signed by the artist as "S. PAGET" and reportedly inscribed by Arthur Conan Doyle on the verso.

 

History: Donated by Dr. Kittle circa 2002 and now part of the C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana at The Newberry Library.  Offered by the House of El Dieff (Lew David Feldman) in 1975.  Previously owned by the Adrian Conan Doyle Estate.

 

Collection Notes:

C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana, The Newberry Library, Chicago

Inventory of the Kittle Collection Box 4 Folder 249 (Series 4: Artwork, 1840-1953)

 

Notes: Glazed and in a black frame.  Also reproduced as the frontispiece to A Desert Drama: Being The Tragedy of the Korosko, Philadelphia 1898, and in The Tragedy of the Korosko, London 1898, p. 74.  (Last updated: 6/11/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Crime of the Brigadier

"At every cut I heard shouts behind me''

Owner: City of Portsmouth, England

The Strand Magazine, January 1900, p. 49, "The Crime of the Brigadier."

 

Description: Original wash and pencil drawing, signed "S. PAGET" in the bottom center and with a hand-written title of "The Crime of the Brigadier 'I caught him fair' '' on the mount.

 

History: Bequeathed to Portsmouth by Richard Lancelyn Green, who died in March 2004.

 

Collection Notes:

The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest, Portsmouth City Council

Not currently in their online catalog or finding aids.

There are two other Paget drawings in the Portsmouth collection.

 

Notes: The illustration is for a Brigadier Gerard story collected in both The Green Flag, London 1900 and in The Adventures of Gerard, London 1903 (as "How the Brigadier Slew the Fox"), and neither book reproduces the drawing.  (Last updated: 3/17/08)

 

 

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Other Original Sidney Paget Illustrations

 

Paget was a prolific illustrator, and his work appeared in many periodicals, including The Strand Magazine, the Sphere, the Graphic, the Illustrated London News, and the Pall Mall Magazine as well as for many of Cassell's publications.

 

Drawings are listed chronologically by publication date and then in the sequence in which they appeared in the text.  Unless noted, images are from the first publication and NOT the original drawing.  For a key to interpreting an entry, see the Census Notes at the bottom of this page.  Please contact me with any additions, corrections or suggestions.  I keep identities private upon request.

 

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for Terence

[Terence calming lead horse of a team of four]

Owner: Ted Schulz

[Serial reproduction not yet identified], Terence (Chapter TBD ) by Bithia Mary Croker.

 

Description: Original wash drawing (10 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches).  No caption on drawing, but printer's or engraver's notes in margin and signed  "S. PAGET" by the artist in the lower left corner.

 

History: Purchased from John Howell Books.

 

NotesTerence probably appeared serially in 1898 or 1899.  Published caption (if any) unknown; image description from owner.  Not in London 1899 book edition.  Photo courtesy of Ted Schulz.  (Last updated: 5/31/10)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing probably for Terence

[A runaway carriage with a team of four horses]

Owner: Granddaughter of Sidney Paget

[Serial reproduction not yet identified], story not yet identified but probably Terence by Bithia Mary Croker.

 

Description: Original wash drawing.  No details available on caption, but probably signed  "S. PAGET" by the artist in the lower right quadrant.

 

History: Owned by Sidney Paget and his descendants.

 

Notes: Matted and held in a simple wooden frame with glass front.  The subjects match the drawing above and this one was probably also done for Terence.  Photo courtesy of the owner.  (Last updated: 7/5/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing, possibly for Terence

[A servant holding the door for two women, one holding a candle]

Owner: Granddaughter of Sidney Paget

[Serial reproduction not yet identified], story not yet identified but possibly Terence by Bithia Mary Croker.

 

Description: Original wash drawing.  No details available on caption.

 

History: Owned by Sidney Paget and his descendants.

 

Notes: Matted and held in a simple wooden frame with glass front.  Photo courtesy of the owner.  (Last updated: 7/5/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for Terence

"Ye might have heard tell of the Desmonds?"

Owner: Ted Schulz

[Serial reproduction not yet identified], Terence (Chapter XV ) by Bithia Mary Croker.

 

Description: Original wash drawing (10 1/4 x 9 1/2 in.), signed  "S. PAGET" by the artist in the lower right corner  and captioned as "Chapter XV 'Ye might have heard tell of the Desmonds?' " with other printer's notes in the margin.

 

History: Purchased from John Howell Books.

 

Notes:  Probably appeared serially in 1898 or 1899.  Bold caption from writing on drawing; published caption TBD.  Not in London 1899 book edition.  Photo courtesy of Ted Schulz.  (Last updated: 5/31/10)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for Terence

"She stood with her back to the door"

Owner: Not known

[Serial reproduction not yet identified], Terence (Chapter XXVIII ) by Bithia Mary Croker.

 

Description: Original wash drawing (11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.).  No details available on caption, but probably signed  "S. PAGET" by the artist in the lower left portion.

 

History: Sold at auction in 1987 by John Michael Gibson.

 

Notes: Please contact me if you know the location of this drawing.  Description based only on published reports [not seen].  Probably appeared serially in 1898 or 1899.  Bold caption from book edition.  Reproduced in Terence, London 1899, p. 288.  This image is from the 1900 second edition.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The King Salutes Young England

"The Kaiser and the Little English Boy—A Reminiscence of Cowes."

Owner: Descendant of Sidney Paget

The Sphere, 2 March 1901.

 

Description: Original ink and wash drawing (10 1/2 x 16 inches matted).  No caption visible inside mat, but signed "S PAGET" by the artist in the lower right corner.

 

History: Owned by Sidney Paget and his descendants.

 

Notes: Previously framed with a placard entitled "The King Salutes Young England | An Incident at Cowes, Feb'y 1st, 1901."  Illustrating an event witnessed by Paget the day before the Queen's funeral that involved the King of England and the Kaiser.  (Last updated: 6/20/12)

 

 

 

 

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Drawing Not Yet Identified      

[A bobby with a lantern finding a body sprawled across stairs]

Owner: Not Known

Probably in The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, November 1902, p. [before 337?], The Red Triangle (The Affair of Samuel's Diamonds) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Wash drawing (approximately 14 x 10 inches) of a police constable with a lantern finding a body sprawled across stairs.  Signed "SP" by the artist and captioned "The Red Triangle."

 

History: Offered by Peter L. Stern in 1989 and probably sold in the mid-1990s.

 

Notes: For Red Triangle bibliographical details, see the notes below with the first confirmed drawing for that story.. 

 

This unidentified drawing is reported as captioned "The Red Triangle" and the chapter "The Affair of Samuel's Diamonds" includes the passage "just before midnight last night, near the York column, where a police-constable found the dead body of a man lying on the stone steps," matching the description.  However, the illustration does not appear in several different bound volumes that I've checked of the Harmsworth London Magazine.  I think this drawing served as the frontispiece for the November issue on an un-numbered page that often got discarded with advertising front-matter when bound.

 

If you have access to a copy of the November 1902 issue (Vol. 9, # 52) of the Harmsworth London Magazine, please check the front-matter for this illustration.  Besides immediately before the beginning of the story, it might have appeared across from that issue's table of contents or even at some other place among the advertisements.  Please contact me to help clear up a few points.  And if you have an original unbound copy of this issue, send me email even if you cannot find the illustration since this would conclusively disprove my tentative identification.  (Last updated: 7/7/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Affair of Samuel's Diamonds

"Come in, do!  I haf been robbed.  Fifteen t'ousant pounds."

Owner: Peter L. Stern

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, November 1902, p. 339, The Red Triangle (The Affair of Samuel's Diamonds) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original pencil, ink and wash (approx. 14 x 9 1/2 inches matted), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right and captioned in pencil as "The Red Triangle", "Mr. Hewitt! he cried. Is it Mr. Martin Hewitt?".

 

History: Purchased by the current owner from George Locke, who bought it at auction.

 

Notes: Framed and glazed.  The illustration is for a Martin Hewitt adventure published serially under the title The Red Triangle with individual case names for each part.  It was collected in The Red Triangle, London 1903 and Boston 1903, but neither book contains any illustrations.  (Last updated: 4/23/08)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Red Triangle

"The window was pushed open, and a man appeared convulsed with anger, shaking his fists and stamping."

Owner: Otto Penzler

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, December 1902, p. 583, The Red Triangle (The Case of Mr. Jacob Mason) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original wash drawing (14 x 10 inches matted), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower left and captioned at bottom as "The Red Triangle | #2 | Get out, he shouted."

 

History: Purchased by the current owner circa 1979.

 

Notes: See notes for the first Red Triangle drawing above.  (Last updated: 7/9/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Case of Mr. Jacob Mason

"Plummer had snatched the lens, and was narrowly comparing the marks."

Owner: Descendant of Sidney Paget

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, December 1902, p. 592, The Red Triangle (The Case of Mr. Jacob Mason) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original pen and ink and wash drawing (12 x 10 inches inside frame), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right and captioned in pencil beneath the drawing as "Red Triangle | 5 [circled] | 'They are! he cried'."

 

History: Owned by Sidney Paget and his descendants.

 

Notes: Held in a simple wooden frame with glass front.  See also notes for the first Red Triangle drawing above.  (Last updated: 6/20/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Case of the Lever Key

"Hullo!  Here's a job for Martin Hewitt after all!"

Owner: City of Portsmouth, England

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, January 1903, p. 717, The Red Triangle (The Case of the Lever Key) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original drawing, other details not yet available.

 

History: Bequeathed to Portsmouth by Richard Lancelyn Green, who died in March 2004.

 

Collection Notes:

The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest, Portsmouth City Council

Not currently in their online catalog or finding aids.

Exhibited: A Study in Sherlock 6/23/07-present (City Museum in Portsmouth)

There are two other Paget drawings in the Portsmouth collection.

 

Notes: Photograph of the original framed drawing resting on a desktop with letters and ephemera appears on the back cover of the Collection's newsletter for Spring/Summer 2008 (PDF; 1.3 MB).  See also notes for the first Red Triangle drawing above.  (Last updated: 6/28/08)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Red Triangle

"Why, man alive!" he cried, "where did you get this?"

Owner: For sale by Peter L. Stern, a dealer

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, January 1903, p. 720, The Red Triangle (The Case of the Lever Key) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original wash drawing (12 x 9 inches), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right portion and inscribed in the lower left corner as "To Dr McClure | The New Year | 1904."

 

History: Dr McClure (former Headmaster of Mill Hill School, 1904 inscription); McClure family (2010), sold at auction; Paul Rassam [dealer]; Peter L. Stern [dealer].

 

Notes: Framed, with 1908 newspaper article about Paget on frame back.  See also notes for the first Red Triangle drawing above.  (Last updated: 6/10/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Red Triangle

"A hansom stopped and deposited Hewitt and another older gentleman"

Owner: Christopher and Barbara Roden

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, January 1903, p. 726, The Red Triangle (The Case of the Lever Key) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original ink and wash on stiff card (11 3/4 x 10 in.).  It's initialed "SP" by the artist at lower left  There is no caption on the drawing.

 

History: Purchased by the current owners at the Norman L. Rosenbaum auction in 1998.

 

Notes: Not framed at time of purchase.  See also notes for the first Red Triangle drawing above.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Case of the Burnt Barn

" 'Ere 'e is!" cried the flydriver, regardless of the angry remonstrances of his fare.  " 'Ere 'e is!  'E's all right! It ain't 'im!  'Ere 'e is!"

Owner: Descendant of Sidney Paget

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, March 1903, p. 215, The Red Triangle (The Case of the Burnt Barn) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original pen and ink and wash drawing (12 x 10 inches inside frame), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right and captioned in pencil beneath the drawing as "The Red Triangle     4 | 'Mr Victor Peytral I believe' said Hewitt."

 

History: Owned by Sidney Paget and his descendants.

 

Notes:  Held in a simple wooden frame with glass front.  See also notes for the first Red Triangle drawing above.  (Last updated: 6/20/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Red Triangle

"That man's life has been justly forfeit a thousand times, but if it belongs to anybody it belongs to me!"

Owner: Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, March 1903, p. 219, The Red Triangle (The Case of the Burnt Barn) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original wash drawing (9 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches image area), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower right portion and captioned in pencil at bottom as "The Red Triangle     5 | Mr. Peytral's Story."  A large "5" written in pencil appears on the back of the drawing.  Drawn on a 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch Winsor & Newton water color sketching board with Whatman's special surface no. 2. 

 

History: Offered by David Magee, a San Francisco rare book dealer, in 1969 as item #842 for $125 in Victoria R. I., his three-volume catalog of rare Victorian and Edwardian material.  BYU purchased this collection in toto in 1969.

 

Collection Notes:

Perry Special Collections, Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

In their online catalog under title "Mr. Peytral's story"

Listed in the Register of the David Bickersteth Magee Collection, VMSS 355 (Magee #842)

 

Notes: Not framed or matted, though a pencil border outlines the image area.  See also notes for the first Red Triangle drawing above.  (Last updated: 9/27/08)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Adventure of Channel Marsh

"I saw the free hand steal out behind him and pitch away a crumpled fragment of paper. One of the policemen saw me snatch it up."

Owner: Robert C. Hess

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, May 1903, p. 473, The Red Triangle (The Adventure of Channel Marsh) by Arthur Morrison.

 

Description: Original pen and ink and wash drawing (14 x 10 inches visible area), initialed "SP" by the artist in the lower left and captioned in pencil beneath the drawing as "Red Triangle     2 | 'saw me snatch it up'."  An ink stamp for "London | Magazine | No. 9813" (with "9813" handwritten in black ink) appears to the right of the caption.  Above the caption but below the drawing is written "120 Screen" in black ink.  Blue pencil notes for "Blk line | round | rounded | corners" and a "5" next to a double-headed horizontal arrow also appear below the drawing.

 

History: Purchased from Pepper & Stern Rare Books in 1991.

 

Notes:  Glazed and in a gold frame (20 3/8 x 16 1/8 inches) with a black mat.  See also notes for the first Red Triangle drawing above.  (Last updated: 6/12/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Face in the Dark

"No offence to you, Mr. Hyne, but when the property comes into my hands I choose my own guests."

Owner: Descendant of Sidney Paget

The [Harmsworth] London Magazine, July 1903, p. 701, "The Face in the Dark" by L. T. Meade & Robert Eustace.

 

Description: Original pen and ink and wash drawing (12 x 10 inches inside frame), initialed "SP" by the artist at lower right and no visible caption on the front.  Faded writing appears on the back of the drawing as "Good news for you Mr Poltimore" and then the title "Face in the dark" and a number "1."

 

History: Owned by Sidney Paget and his descendants.

 

Notes:  Held in a simple wooden frame with glass front.  Despite the notation on the back of the drawing this is the second to appear in the story.  Lillie Thomas Meade was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith (1844-1914), and Paget illustrated other works of hers including The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings and The Sanctuary Club.  I haven't identified a collection of her short stories that includes "The Face in the Dark."  (Last updated: 6/20/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing for The Sphere TBD Tally Ho Hippodrome

["Tally Ho" at the Hippodrome]

Owner: Robert C. Hess

[Serial reproduction not yet identified, probably from The Sphere]

 

Description: Original wash drawing (14 x 10 inches before framing), signed "S. Paget" by the artist in the lower right corner and captioned beneath the drawing as " 'Tally Ho' at the Hippodrome."  Drawn on a Winsor & Newton water color sketching board with Whatman's 'hotpressed' surface.  Pencil note "SPHERE" on back.

 

History: Purchased from a farmer on a farm owned by relatives of Paget in September 2011.

 

Notes: Please contact me if you know which issue of The Sphere first included this drawing.  Now in a black frame and white mat.  Photo courtesy of the owner.  (Last updated: 6/14/12)

 

 

Sidney Paget drawing of a man and a child on galloping horses

[A man and a child on galloping horses]

Owner: Sharon Kersten, South Africa

[Serial reproduction not yet identified]

 

Description: Original wash drawing (18" x 12 1/2" inches inside mat), signed "Sidney Paget | 1904" by the artist in the lower right corner

 

History: Purchased in London in 1910 by the great-uncle of the current owner.

 

Notes: Probably appeared as a full-page illustration or a two-page spread in 1904 or 1905.  Please contact me if you think you know where this drawing first appeared.  Now matted and framed.  Photo courtesy of the owner.  (Last updated: 7/29/11)

 

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Sidney Paget Paintings

 

See the Sidney Paget Paintings page on Part II of the census for portraits, oil and watercolor paintings.

 

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Sidney Paget Exhibitions

 

Public exhibitions focused on Sidney Paget or including at least three original drawings.  Individual item showings are listed in the census entry.

 

Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition

13 October – 17 November 2010

San Francisco: The Arion Press Gallery, Paget Exhibition

Six original Paget drawings from the Holmes stories are shown in honor of Paget's Sesquicentennial, plus a talk by an expert Sherlockian.

26 October 2010, 6 pm – A Talk About Paget by Glen Miranker

 

Sidney Paget: Iconic Illustrator of Sherlock Holmes

April 2010 - present

Toronto Public Library Virtual Exhibit: Paget Sesquicentennial

This online exhibition honors the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sidney Paget and includes reproductions from a nice set of non-Holmesian works.

 

The Case of the Influential Illustrator: Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes

1 December 2007 - 5 May 2008

Church Farmhouse Museum, Greyhound Hill, London

This exhibition honors the centenary of Paget's death in January 1908 and included reproductions of many of his drawings as well as background material on Holmes and Watson.

 

Images of Sherlock Holmes

26 June 1997 – 2 August 1997

Toronto Public Library, The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Four original Paget drawings were shown in this exhibition (noted above), and a full-color exhibition poster reproduced one of them.

 

1951 Sherlock Holmes Exhibition (Festival of Britain)

May – September 1951

Catalogue of an Exhibition held at Abbey House, Baker Street, London

Seven original Paget drawings (noted above), with six from the Holmes stories and the unpublished portrait (A).

 

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Sidney Paget Biography

 

Photo of Sidney Paget circa 1895Sidney Edward Paget (1860-1908) was a painter and illustrator best known for his drawings for the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that appeared in The Strand Magazine and various book editions by George Newnes and other publishers.

 

Paget was born in London on 4 October 1860 as the fourth son of Robert Paget and Martha Clarke.  His oldest brother, Henry Marriott Paget (1856-1936), was a painter of historical subjects and portraits.  His youngest brother, Walter Stanley Paget (1861?-1935), was also a painter but mainly drew for magazines and for books including Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island.

 

Sidney entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1881 and won a number of prizes.  At least nineteen of his paintings were shown at Royal Academy exhibitions from 1879 to 1907.  Paget became a prolific illustrator, and his work appeared in many periodicals, including The Strand Magazine, The Sphere, The Graphic, the Illustrated London News, and the Pall Mall Magazine as well as for many of Cassell's publications.

 

He married Edith Hounsfield on 1 June 1893 and had six children with her.  Around 1905 he developed a painful chest complaint which may have come from ingesting lead-based paint when sucking his brushes.  He died at Margate on 28 January 1908 and was buried at Marylebone cemetery, Finchley.  Part II of this census, on Paget paintings, lists and shows Paget family portraits by Sidney.

 

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Census Notes

 

For each illustration section, drawings are listed chronologically by publication date and then in the sequence in which they appeared in the text.  The image next to an entry is from the first publication unless otherwise noted.  Since images are NOT from the original drawing they will not show anything unique to the original.

 

Bold captions at the top of each entry contain the text that appeared with the drawing's first publication in England.  That appearance is listed in the citation below the caption.    When the illustration also appears in the first English or American edition of the relevant Sherlock Holmes book, I cite it in the Notes for that entry.

 

Ownership and descriptions have been personally confirmed by me with the owner unless noted otherwise.  Dimensions are in inches, generally to the nearest quarter, and given as Height by Width.

 

History is based on various published reports and some information from owners.

 

The notes include other details of interest, and when applicable, a cross-reference to Ann Byerly's 1983 census as described below in the Sources section.

 

When reports differ on any aspect of a drawing, I typically provide what appears to be the most authoritative version.  Abbreviated dates are in the American form of Month/Day/Year. 

 

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Sources & Acknowledgements

 

In addition to various bookseller and auction catalogues, the following sources were particularly useful.

 

Blau, Peter E. Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, various issues.  This invaluable Sherlockian newsletter is available online for 1985+ via <http://redcircledc.org/index.php?id=39>.

 

Byerly, Ann. "A Census of Sidney Paget's Sherlockian Drawings." Baker Street Miscellanea, No. 35 (Autumn 1983), 17-21.  All 20 drawings listed in her census are included with cross-references above, and many entries are updated with new information.  Her article and this entire issue of BSM contains a wealth of Paget information that is well worth reading.  Available on CD-ROM.

 

Cooke, Catherine.  "Portraits by the friend of Sherlock Holmes discovered in the City of Westminster."  Privately published, 2007 <http://www3.westminster.gov.uk/docstores/publications_store/holmes_portraits.pdf> (6.8 MB, accessed 29 March 2008).  See also the City of Westminster Sherlock Holmes Collection website.

 

Feldman, Lew David.  Seventy One: The World of Books Arts and Letters circa 1170-1970.  New York: The House of El Dieff, 1971.

 

Feldman, Lew David.  Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockiana: 76 Items.  New York: The House of El Dieff, [1975].

 

Green, Richard Lancelyn, and John Michael Gibson. A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle.  First revised edition.  New York: Hudson House, 2000.

 

Stock, Randall. "Sidney Paget: Paintings by the Numbers." The Baker Street Journal, Vol. 59, No. 2 (Summer 2009), 6-10.  Includes a census overview with other details on Paget drawings.

 

Photos by Peter E. Blau, Christopher Roden, Ted Schulz, Randall Stock, and others who preferred to remain anonymous.

 

 

Special thanks to Peter E. Blau and Jerry Margolin, who inspired this census and provided frequent assistance in its development.  

 

Staff from a number of libraries and institutions provided detailed information on their Paget holdings.  My thanks to Russ Taylor at Brigham Young University, Pamela Taylor at Mill Hill School, Jenny Schwartzberg at the Newberry Library, Dale Ann Stieber and Helena de Lemos at Occidental College, Katy Ball and Sarah Speller for the Portsmouth Collection, Peggy Perdue at the Toronto Public Library, Timothy Johnson at the University of Minnesota, and Peter Mears at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center.

 

Many others generously offered their expertise and knowledge.  I'm indebted to John Bergquist, Bob Coghill, Saul Cohen, Charles M. Collins, Catherine Cooke, Vincent Delay, Charles Foley, Ernest Giarelli, Andrea Grimes, Robert C. Hess, Roger Johnson, Sharon Kersten, Fred Kittle, Jon Lellenberg, Paul Martin, Andrew Peck, Otto Penzler, Dana Richards, Christopher and Barbara Roden, Constantine Rossakis, Steven Rothman, Ted Schulz, Peter L. Stern, Nick Utechin, Jerry Wachs, Ms. Willy Werby, and others who preferred to remain anonymous.

 

While this census could never have been made without everyone's help, I am solely responsible for any errors or omissions.  If I omitted your name, please be assured it was inadvertent and let me know so I can correct it.

 

Please send me e-mail if you have additions, corrections or suggestions for this census.

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More Sherlock Holmes Rarities

 

More Sidney Paget artwork is listed in Part II of the census with Sidney Paget paintings.

 

This website has information on many Conan Doyle manuscripts, including both Sherlock Holmes and non-Holmes material.

 

The site also has details on other rarities, including a census of Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887 with the first Sherlock Holmes story, and a census of the rare first edition of "The Unique Hamlet", a Sherlock Holmes pastiche by Vincent Starrett.

 

While not rare, there are also lists of the each year's best Sherlock Holmes books & DVDs, the best Holmes stories, and the most famous Sherlock Holmes quotes

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