Happy Birthday Sidney Paget!
152 years young today. Sidney Paget, as many of you may know, is best known for his Sherlock Holmes illustrations which accompanied stories published in The Strand Magazine from July 1891 to December 1892. Oddly, he was not originally commissioned to produce the illustrations! The publisher sent a letter of commission to his younger brother Walter, and Sidney received it instead.
His style follows a consistent pattern of pen & ink with a wash or watercolor. Most likely to suit publication, but also to give a nebulous atmosphere to many of his illustrations. The shadows were rich, deep, and moody.
(Sidney Paget with deerstalker)
All illustrations are from the incredible resource: Pinacotheca Holmesiana
Thanks to Baker St. Journal for keeping us informed!