This week we react to the news that Sir Ian McKellen has been cast as Holmes in an upcoming film adaptation of A Slight Trick of the Mind (2005), Episode 56 of ‘I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere’ gives free reign to Brad Keefauver of Sherlock Peoria, two takes on the importance and merits of A Study In Scarlet are given, Ray Betzner on Vincent Starrett’s mystery novel Murder in Peking, Dan Andriacco discusses life lessons learned from Holmes, Alistair Duncan looks at four ages of ACD, Jon Stewart pretends to be Sherlock Holmes for 3 seconds, The Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections award Don Yates for his essay “Sherlockian Memories” and The Priory Scholars of NYC gear-up for their “Back to School 2013” meeting.
The Telegraph announced that Sir Ian McKellen (ie. that guy who also played Magneto and Gandalf) will play Sherlock Holmes in a film adaptation of a novel by Mitch Cullin called A Slight Trick of the Mind (2005). Wow, what?! I have to admit that I’ve never read Cullin’s novel that’s set in “1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking - about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know.” The New York Times gave Cullin’s novel (his seventh at the time) a very good review back in 2005: “The strange, silent image of an old man staring into an apiary governs the entirety of A Slight Trick of the Mind. “When you look upon me,” Holmes tells his grief-stricken housekeeper, “I believe you find a man incapable of feeling… . If I choose to speak at any length, I usually talk of the creatures.” Talking exclusively “of the creatures,” though, doesn’t make human beings disappear; it only makes their demands more desperate. As the conclusion of this beautiful novel makes plain, lives aren’t like cases or, for that matter, like narratives. They are never solved or resolved: they just one day come to an end.” Unless filming goes terribly wrong, a film version of A Slight Trick of the Mind has the potential to emotionally and intellectually probe the depths of the Great Detective in the Winter of his life. On Friday, Sir Ian himself via his Twitter @IanMcKellen had this to say about the news: “Working again with Bill Condon? Playing Sherlock Holmes? Elementary. Couldn’t be happier.”
[Ian McKellen as Gandolf from The Lord of the Rings - so far he has the long stem pipe working for him.]
I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere released Episode 56 featuring longtime Sherlockian blogger Brad Keefauver, BSI (“Winwood Reade”) of Sherlock Peoria (as well as older manifestations). IHOSE hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder “discussed [Keefauver’s] first meeting with Sherlock Holmes, noting that it was far from typical. It was theatrical in nature, but you’ll have to listen to hear the exact work that captured Brad’s attention. We were then off and running into the sci-fi world of Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and others, with Brad openly admitting his Trekkie origins (not that there’s anything wrong with that).” After Mr Keefauver’s exit various current Sherlockian news items are discussed, with the show concluding on “a reading of the Editor’s Gas-Lamp, this time selecting “One Advocating Sherlock Holmes” from the March 1987 issue (Vol. 37, No. 1) of the Baker Street Journal. While the topic and some of the pronouncements may be controversial, we like to think that we found some common ground in it.” Another excellent episode from two of the hardest working guys in the Sherlockian world. If you don’t already subscribe to IHOSE, you can do so either through their IHOSE website or via iTunes.
[If you’re familiar with Brad Keefauver’s work over the years, IHOSE Episode 56 should be a real treat - if you are new to Peoria, Illinois’ king of Sherlock Holmes, sit back, relax and get ready to rumble Keefauver-style!]
Bauman Rare Books posted a succinct history of the story behind the first Sherlock Holmes novel A Study In Scarlet, a history familiar to anyone versed in the Canon but essential knowledge for those at the onset of their Canonical explorations. Published originally in the 1887 issue of Beeton’s Christmas Annual, as an objets de Littérature it is now “a rare collectible and considered the most expensive magazine in the world, with a Beeton’s 1887 selling for $156,000 at Sotheby’s in 2007." Whether you’re a neophyte or experienced Sherlockian, for a mind-blowingly good time, make sure to stop in at Randall Stock's fantastically essential “Beeton’s Christmas Annual 1887: An Annotated Checklist and Census" page for a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the magazine itself, price list, summary of recorded copies and the crown jewel, a list of Confirmed Copies of Beeton’s Christmas Annual for 1887 known to exist with location, description, current owner, provenance, etc. If you’ve never visited Mr Randall Stock’s Best of Sherlock website, bookmark the “Annotated Checklist and Census” page and then save it for a leisure moment when you can sit back and fully embrace the awesomeness of the document in toto. (Thanks to NYC Sherlockian John Genova for the tip!)
[And though the chances of ever owning - or even holding - a copy of Beeton’s 1887 are lower than low, a plethora of facsimiles of varying quality exist and can be had for a somewhat reasonable price. If you’re interested in learning more about STUD facsimiles, Randall Stock has you covered with his “Facsimile Editions of Beeton’s Christmas Annual 1887.”]
The Consulting Detective, by coincidence also featured a piece on A Study in Scarlet, though calling it “a most unusual introduction” citing the “The Country of the Saints" flashback as an odd structural choice: "Don’t get me wrong - A Study in Scarlet is a fine piece of writing and without it, I wouldn’t have a favourite fictional character to blog about. But in terms of plot structure, the novella is at first glance very unusual. I cannot speak for others, but I feel that the first part (the actual mystery) is far more interesting than the back-story set in Salt Lake City, Utah.” Personally, my views on Part II of STUD aren’t definitive but sometimes I like to think of it as crafty Watson’s literary endurance test inserted to scare off those incapable of matching strides with “an old campaigner” - for once you survive the desolation of Utah, the whole universe of the Canon lay before you. Also this post contains the first instance I’ve seen of the new STUD edition from BBC Books featuring an Introduction by BBC Sherlock creator Steven Moffatt - along with the inevitable Benedict Cumberbatch adorned cover.
[I can almost here BC firing off “the game is on” to the chagrin of almost every cranky Sherlockian on Earth. That aside, the BBC Books cover isn’t any less relevant/related to the plot of STUD than the original Beeton’s cover.]
Ray Betzner, Pennsylvanian Sherlockian and editor of Wessex Press’ must-have 75th Anniversary facsimile edition of Vincent Starrett’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, posted a terrific Starrett-centric post about Murder in Peking (originally published in 1936 as The Laughing Buddah), Starrett’s last mystery novel: “In his memoirs, Starrett wrote of the story: “It was a roman a clef with a vengeance. Friends and acquaintances made up the dramatis personae and the fictional murderer was myself.”” I sometimes forget that Starrett’s Sherlockian writings only make up a fraction of the esteemed Chicago author’s oeuvre, which included mystery novels and short stories, newspaper columns, literary criticism, poetry, science fiction and even a book about boats.
[Mr Betzner also included two deliciously lurid covers, the above published in the Sunday supplement of The Philadelphia Inquirer (Sunday, May 16, 1948).]
Dan Andriacco “On Friday I had the chance to introduce Sebastian McCabe, Jeff Cody, and Lynda Teal to a few new readers at the Oakwood (Ohio) Rotary Club. My primary mission, though, was to deliver a talk called “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Sherlock Holmes: Life Lessons From the Great Detective.”” Check out Mr Andriacco’s post listing “Ten Life Lessons Learned From the Master,” my favorite being # 8: “Life really is stranger than fiction…and even fictional characters know it.” Speaking of McCabe & Cody, I just finished reading Andriacco’s fourth novel in the series The Disappearance of Mr James Phillimore (MX, 2013), his first set outside of Erin, Ohio, which takes place in London and is wonderfully packed with ‘Holmesian’ references and Sherlockian ‘in jokes’ and Easter eggs which will thrill and delight enthusiasts on both sides of the pond. This was also the first Andriacco book I read via the iPad, and I must say it was formatted beautifully for the iBooks app available from iTunes - highly recommended as a quality alternative to owning the physical book.
[Whether on a new school e-reader or in traditional book form, Andriacco’s fourth McCabe/Cody novel is another winner. ]
Doyleockian served up a delightful little post showing Arthur Conan Doyle at four different ages: 1) a young, newly-qualified, Arthur Conan Doyle from the mid-1880s, 2) ACD in 1893, the year of Sherlock Holmes’s “death”. “Here we see the 34 year old Conan Doyle during one of the worst years of his life,” 3) Boer War-era Doyle from early 1900 (aged 40 but shortly to turn 41) dressed in the bespoke pseudo-military outfit that he wore for his brief turn as a medic in South Africa, and 4) a still from Conan Doyle’s movietone interview from October 1928 when he was 69 years old. As long time readers of Always1895.net know, I’ve been a fan of Mr Alistair Duncan's blog for quite a while; and it is the simple yet informative, entertaining posts like this one that make his Doyleockian blog worth reading regularly. If you're new to Mr Duncan and his blog, and a fan of the greatest of literary agents, Arthur Conan Doyle, make sure to check out his well-researched series of books exploring various stages of ACD's life, each centered around a Conan Doyle domicile. Check out the Alistair Duncan Sherlock Holmes Collection on MX for more details - and while you’re at it, follow Mr Duncan on Twitter @alistaird221b.
[ACD from early 1900 - click on the image to view the rest of Duncan’s Conan Doyle images.]
The Daily Show welcomed back host Jon Stewart on September 3rd from his Summer sabbatical (he was directing a film in the Middle East). The ‘gag’ was that Stewart ‘forgot how to be an American’ and went through a cycle of different identities, becoming ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for a few seconds. Jeremy Brett, Basil Rathbone and even Charlton Heston or Rupert Everett won’t be upstaged any time soon by Stewart, but I’m sure he can beat out at least a few actors who’ve attempted to ape the Great Detective on celluloid over the years. For a semi-complete list of the best-to-the-worst Sherlock actors, check out this Sherlock Holmes Actors I Watched (From Best to Worst) list on IMDB.
[Jon Stewart returns to The Daily Show after a three month hiatus of sorts and goes through an identity crisis, assuming the guise of Sherlock Holmes for a brief moment.]
Sherlockian Scion Links:
The John H Watson Society announced that Founding Chair, Don Yates, has received the 2013 Dr. Bryce L. Crawford, Jr. Award for an outstanding essay in the tradition of the purist form of scholarship from the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections for his essay “Sherlockian Memories” which appeared in the September 2012 issue of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections Newsletter. From ‘Baron’ to ‘Pal’, a hearty congratulations Sir!
Priory Scholars of NYC are quickly filling seats for their ‘Back To School 2013’ October 6, 2013 session at a new Manhattan venue The Churchill Tavern. Anyone in the NYC area, young or old, neophyte or old-hand, innocent or guilty are invited to join in on the Sherlockian scion scholarly fun. If you’re interested in attending, please check out the Facebook page for registration info; and then hit the books and study up on “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" for a quiz and discussion.
* To find a Sherlockian event in your area, check out The Sherlockian Calendar - maintained by Ron Fish with Sue and Ben Vizoskie of The Three Garridebs of Westchester Country, NY. If you are interested in posting an event to the calendar, please email the details to webmaster Ron Fish at RonF404@aol.com.
** If you’d like to see your event mentioned here on Always1895, please email me the name of your group/event, the details, contact info & web address Twitter, Facebook, etc. and any other info that should accompany the above.
Last weekend I had the tremendous good fortune to attend Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Place, a three day conference organized by the venerable Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota, Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections and the University of Minnesota. I’m saving all related #SHMN13 links plus my various reviews for posts later this week, but for now I’ll say that the experience was an incredibly inspiring one, and I hope to channel some of that inspiration into Always1895.net.
Wessex Press, purveyors of finest Sherlockian products such as Klinger’s (ed) Sherlock Homes Reference Library, Dahlinger’s, et al. (eds), Sherlock Holmes, ACD and The Bookman and Bill Rabe's Voices From Baker Street (2 CDs) to name just a few, announced that September 12 - 14th, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Sherlockians should mark their calendars for From Gillette to Brett IV: Basil, Benedict and Beyond, a conference which will feature “rare Sherlockian films, vendors, and an all-star roster of distinguished speakers, presenters, and events. The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Indiana University at the Indiana Memorial Union. We are thrilled to present exclusive, 75th Anniversary screenings of Basil Rathbone's The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) in the state-of-the-art IU Cinema.” Read about From Gillette To Brett III for a taste of what you can expect. I’ve actually never attended one of Wessex Press’ tri-annual FG2B conferences, but I’ve heard nothing but great things (“Gillette to Brett III Was Unforgettable!" - Dan Andriacco) and plan on being in attendance next September 2014.
[Basil vs Benedict - two men enter, one man leaves!]
Leslie S. Klinger appears to have Cthulhuian powers over the Internet - and not just because this annotating fiend is currently working on The New Annotated HP Lovecraft - this week alone we found his tentacles reaching into at least three corners of the net. Known primarily for his superhuman annotation skills, the uncanny annotator announced that his New Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume Vol. 1, originally published by Norton in 2010 as part of a three volume set will be out on Kindle August 26, 2013, as well as other formats to follow; and presumably the next two volumes to follow as well. You can pre-order a copy and have it sent straight to your device or find out more information at Amazon. When not making an edifying and amusing keynote address at the Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Place Saturday night banquet, Klinger was being interviewed by the University of Minnesota (click for video interview and text) on “Sherlock Holmes and the ‘New Sherlockians’” where he discusses early Sherlockian scholarship, his relationship to the Robert Downey Jr films and BBC Sherlock and why he thinks both are good for the Canon and his views on the newest generation of Sherlockians; concluding in the case of the latter that the great edifice of Sherlockian culture will not be brought down in one fell swoop by Cumberbatch’s cheekbones and that the future for Sherlock Holmes and the Canon is a bright one. And if making the annotated Canon more accessible and predicting the heath and continuance of Sherlockian culture wasn’t enough, Klinger’s Free Sherlock project posted the following update regarding Klinger vs the Conan Doyle Estate: “ACD Estate now has until September 10, 2013 to respond to our Motion for Summary Judgment; our reply due by September 30, 2013. Court will rule by mail.” Finally, don’t forget his “Basic Holmes Library" (kind of a Shaw 100 Klinger-style) posted last week for burgeoning Sherlockians looking to get deeper into the Writings Upon the Writing. Someone get this man a drink!
[Klinger just sitting around and not annotating and not waxing philosophical on the future of Holmes and not defending your right to write about the Master and definitely not compiling a list of essential Holmes-centric books. Clearly, all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained to Klinger’s office!]
Addicted To Sherlock posted the first trailer (with English subtitles) of the hotly anticipated Russian Sherlock Holmes (2013). At first glance, Igor Petrenko as Sherlock Holmes and Andrei Panin as Doctor John Watson seem to borrow rather heavily from the Robert Downey Jr. approach to the Great Detective: there’s lots of gun play, 19th century fight clubs and Victorian-style dark Satanic-looking rituals. On the other hand, this 2013 Russian adaptation will clearly pay homage to the brilliant 1979-1986 Russian series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson choosing to show Holmes and Watson as young men and even including a boxing match between the two using the 221B sitting room as their boxing ring. Again, judging just from this trailer, the dialogue (as subtitled into English) seems very familiar (in a good way) and the Victorian setting, though garish at times, also appears gritty enough to pass as our beloved London of the Canon where “the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-coloured houses.” No word yet on when the new Russian Sherlock Holmes will officially air stateside, but at the very least it appears that we’re in store for an above average set of adaptations-cum-pastiches.
[Russian Holmes waking up Russian Watson from the soon-to-be aired Russian Sherlock Holmes (2013).]
Digital Spy posted the first BBC Sherlock ‘trailer’ for Season 3, and though it’s not a trailer proper - it’s apparently made up of cleverly edited and cut scenes from the first two seasons - I still got goosebumps even though I sometimes pretend that ‘feels’ are “abhorrent to my cold, precise but admirably balanced mind”. The Digital Spy link also includes a link to an interview with your favorite trifecta of pain Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Mark Gatiss, who predictably (and thankfully) reveal absolutely nothing about Sherlock Season 3.
[We only have to wait until the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen…]
Baker Street Journal's Steve Rothman teased @BakerStJournal's followers with a preview of the Fall 2013 cover of the BSJ: “Autumn issue off to the printer today. Here's a glimpse of its glorious cover. Guess which story…” My response (paraphrasing a certain detective): “@always1895 Appears that the Fall 2013 @BakerStJournal cover is meant to cause a healthy excitement among the train classes ie. John Baesch (BSI, “State and Merton County Railroad”) & Guy Marriott (BSI, “The Hotel du Louvre”)! A reader guessed the cover was for BRUC and was correct, though a jet-lagged Mattias Bostrom suggested the the cover was for “that one about the train cormorant” and Mickey Fromkin posted my favorite answer: “Going apocryphal with “The Lost Special”?” Tim Johnson, a very welcome addition to the Twitterverse who now has a brand new shiny Twitter account post- #SHMN13, replied to my “healthy excitement” post with: “Add me to the train classes. Grandpa J worked the Northern Pacific for 47 yrs and I have a model train layout.” If you don’t already, I strongly suggest subscribing to the BSJ immediately so as not to miss out on all the Sherlockian fun!
[There’s no doubt that the above cover for the BSJ Autumn 2013 issue is meant to cause a healthy excitement among the train/transportation classes within the Sherlockian world, namely John Baesch (BSI, ), Guy Marriott and Tim Johnson.]
John H Watson Society is directing a Canonically intense scavenger hunt called The First Annual John H Watson Canonical Treasure Hunt. In other JHWS news, Mr Dan Andriacco announced that his article entitled “Doctor Watson, Detective?” has been accepted for publication in the inaugural issue of The Watsonian the scholarly journal of the JHWS: “Aspiring one day to become a journal with a small portion of the greatness of the Baker Street Journal or The Sherlock Holmes Journal, The Watsonian concerns itself with Traditionalist and Revisionist articles concerning John H. Watson, M.D. The editorial policy of The Watsonian is to have no editorial policy. The journal is open-minded and receptive to thoughtful as well as amusing articles. As always, By-Laws 1 and 2 must be honoured and good taste must be, at all times, in evidence. Initially, the journal will not be juried, rather all publication acceptance will be at the discretion of the Chair, the Director of Publications and Editor-in-Chief, and the Directors, all acting as the Editorial Board.” Exciting times!
[The Watsonian - journal of the JHWS.]
Green Bay Press Gazette interviewed director Kimberly Senior who is currently putting the finishing touches on Ken Ludwig’s new Sherlockian-infused comedy whodunit “The Game’s Afoot.” Q. What have you learned about Gillette or Conan Doyle you didn’t know before rehearsals started? A. ”I am so fascinated by individuals who borrow, and sometimes improve, the work of the original….William Gillette was an actor and playwright. He was the first person to adapt Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes to the stage and played the iconic detective in more than 1,300 performances worldwide. Gillette is a featured character in “The Game’s Afoot”. A special pre-show chat with author Henry Zecher, who wrote William Gillette, America’s Sherlock Holmes, is set for Aug. 28.” (Thanks to Ray Wilcockson for the tip!)
[The famous William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes caricature by ‘Spy’ from Vanity Fair (1907).]
Special and Rare on a Stick, the blog of ‘The Man With the Greatest Job in the Universe’ whom regular readers will recognize as Tim Johnson, curator of The Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library, shares his observations as a neophyte Twitter user: “I have no idea what finally triggered my conversion. Perhaps it was an unrealized need to be part of a larger conversation (or in this case a specific conversation connected with our Sherlock Holmes conference).” Regardless I, along with many other Sherlockian-minded Twitter users, very much welcome Mr Johnson to the never ending 140 character dialogue as he assumes the appropriate guise of @UMBookworm.
[Bookplate of John Bennett Shaw from the Sherlock Holmes Collection.]
Baker Street Babes in anticipation no doubt for BBC Sherlock Season 3 announcement that actor Lars Mikkelsen will play the role of the Master Blackmailer, released Episode 43: Charles Augustus Milverton Appreciation: “The worst man in London. The blackmailer. That guy from Jurassic Park that gets eaten by the shaky dinosaur thing. That douchebag. It’s Charles Augustus Milverton and we love to hate him. Join Babes Curly, Lyndsay, Melinda, Ardy, Maria, Taylor, and Amy as they discuss the case, the man himself, the adaptations, and the historical figure behind Milverton.”
[“Do you feel a creeping, shrinking sensation, Watson, when you stand before the serpents in the Zoo and see the slithery, gliding, venomous creatures, with their deadly eyes and wicked, flattened faces? Well, that’s how Milverton impresses me. I’ve had to do with fifty murderers in my career, but the worst of them never gave me the repulsion which I have for this fellow.” (CHAS)]
Christopher Morley Literary Estate is just one of the many reasons Sherlockians should consider using Facebook if they have yet to make the plunge, or have registered but have yet to explore the popular social networking platform. Would ‘Kit’ have created a Facebook profile? Let’s pretend he had a FB for a moment: just imagine what his friends page would look like (Edgar Smith, Vincent Starrett, Chris Cella…though I’m sure Alexander Woollcott's friend request would be left pending indefinitely) or his groups (The Three Hours For Lunch Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Saturday Review of Literature, Grillparzer Sittenpolizei Verein, etc etc.) or his timeline (1934: birthday party for the Master at the Hotel Duane, 1936: ‘friends’ Edgar Smith, 1944: ‘likes’ Trilogy Dinner event, 1946: Adrian Conan Doyle ‘unfriends’ Morley, 1947: states there will never be another BSI dinner, 1948: comments with a “:(” on Smith’s posting of a “committee-in-camera” BSI dinner, 1949: changes relationship status to BSI as ‘It’s complicated’, etc.). Oh what could have been….
[Morley’s latest profile picture on Faceook.]
Bartitsu Club of NYC announced that their next training session will be this Sunday, August 18 at 11:30 am at The Society for Martial Arts Instruction (SFMAI) - RSVP on their Facebook. “A reporter and photographer from The Epoch Times will attend. They plan to run a feature story about Bartitsu. The Epoch Times is distributed in 35 countries in 21 languages, so it’s a good opportunity to promote Bartitsu to an international audience.” There’s also a seminar on August 25th in New Jersey.
Sherlock Scion Links:
The Epilogues of Sherlock Holmes are having a meeting on August 31, 2013 and I strongly recommend that any Sherlockian, whether neophyte or experienced, who is within striking distance of Chatham, NJ think about attending. Meetings cost an extremely reasonable $10 (“I am a poor man.” -PRIO).
ASH Wednesdays based out of NYC and open to all is the monthly, informal meeting of the storied Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, the oldest women’s Sherlockian society in the world - though of course open to the males of the Sherlockian species as well. I’ve been attending ASH Wednesdays for a while now and if you’re looking for a gentle first time Sherlockian meeting experience, you absolutely cannot go wrong with ASH. Meetings usually consist of 15 to 25 male and female, young and old, neophyte and experienced Sherlockians hanging out in the relaxed environs of a NYC Irish Pub. Discussion spans the Sherlockian world but often veers well outside Holmes-centric topics and ranges over literature, Star Trek (I’m looking at you Nick!), movies, cooking recipes, baseball (Go Cubs!), suggestions for surviving any number of apocalyptic scenarios, cats, cats, cats and anything and everything else that strikes our fancy. The next gathering is September 4, 2013.
* To find a Sherlockian event in your area, check out and bookmark one of the most useful Sherlock Holmes resources on the Internet: the www.SherlockianCalendar.com - maintained by the indomitable Ron Fish as well as Sue and Ben Vizoskie of The Three Garridebs of Westchester Country, NY.
The Detective Deerstalker. Or not…
It originated apparently from a mere two descriptions of Holmes’s headgear: in “The Boscombe Valley Mystery"…
…Sherlock Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt figure made even gaunter and taller by his long grey travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap.
In Silver Blaze, Watson is in…
…the corner of a first-class carriage flying along en route for Exeter, while Sherlock Holmes, with his sharp, eager face framed in his ear-flapped travelling-cap, dipped rapidly in to the bundle of fresh papers which he had secured at Paddington…
It was Strand Magazine artist Sidney Paget who combined the close-fitting cloth cap and the ear-flapped travelling-cap into the now-iconic deerstalker (his own favourite hat, interestingly enough) that was first shown to the world in this illustration…
…and later reworked for “Silver Blaze”…