Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

Sidney Paget Illustrations: "On the chair hung a disreputable hard felt hat"

This is dedicated to The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, who are holding their film evening today (Friday). It is another in my ongoing series of iconic Signey Paget illustrations from the Strand magazine.

"I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable hard felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the purpose of examination."

- The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

And here is the modern day equivalent, from Sherlock (although the purple dressing gown has turned to blue!):

Sherlock lounging around on the sofa at home in a BLUE dressing-gown.

Photo credit: aithine
Tags: art, sherlock, sherlock holmes

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