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This use of double engravings, to produce a single large illustration, accounts for the tell-tale dividing line so readily visible at the horizontal mid-point of the drawing.
Whether or not Frank Wiles was influenced by the size of the Reichenbach Falls Illustration, which was Paget's largest and the only one (we believe) to require double engravings, is food for speculation. We do know that in 1914 and 1915 Wiles introduced the concept of legitimate double-drawings to the Canon for his illustration of The Valley of Fear.
Following the publication of The Valley of Fear the technique entered a dormant period until it was revived by A. Gilbert in 1921 for "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" and again in 1922 for the serialized adventure, "The Problem of Thor Bridge." Howard Elcock followed suit and adopted similar double-illustrations from 1923 through 1926 in "The Creeping Man," "The Three Garridebs," "The Illustrious Client," "The Blanched Soldier" and "The Lion's Mane." Finally, Frank Wiles enjoyed a reprisal in 1927 with his final double drawing (the last created) in "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger."
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The "doubles" presented some tricky problems in that the shading and contrast of the two halves was very different from page to page. I scanned each half into my computer using one set of software, I "stitched" them together using a different set of software, I edited them (pixel by pixel) using a third set of software and I finally printed them with a fourth set of software. Each set of software had some unique qualities for the purpose it was used and I narrowed them down after going through 13 different software packages. Once I found the right software and then experimented with its settings, it took me about three days per drawing to get an acceptable recipe for printing.
Some of the illustrations were reproduced in the Sherlock Holmes Journal, summer 1999.
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