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of Holmes and Watson
Who, what, where, when
straight dope: Did Sherlock Holmes really exist?
that matter, did Dr. Watson really exist?
Myths Retold: Sherlock Holmes, the original House MD
Description of Sherlock Holmes:
It's your homework, not mine. Read the stories.
Landmarks in Holmes's career:
Holmes's address: 221B
The Location of
221B, by Peter Liddell
Analysis from Smithsonian
drawing from Stutler Comics | Magazine
3-D view from 'Spice in the Coffee'
House, 219-229 Baker Street
A spectacular re-creation in
Chuck Kovacic's re-creation
model by Sebastien Cavenet
1/6 scale by Craig Calvert
contemporary equivalent: panoramic tour of the BBC Sherlock
Glimpses inside 221B
Probably the most elegant re-creation of the sitting-room and adjacent rooms
in Holmes and Watson's lodgings is the floor plan drawn by Ernest H. Short,
circa 1948, and published in the Strand magazine in 1950.
Take every word in the text seriously, and here's what you'll
conclude about 221B Baker Street:
Holmes and the Mantelpiece'
Holmes's birthday: January 6, 1854 (according to
Morley, pioneer American Sherlockian). At any rate apparently
was a Capricorn.
A brother, Mycroft
Holmes, mentioned in several of the stories
about other relatives
'The Daughter of
Holmes's companion: John H. Watson, late of the Army Medical
Klinger, "Art in Whose Blood?"
Jude Law comes
close to the original character
Holmes's arch-enemy: Professor James Moriarty -- see
Professor Moriarty page on Sherlockian.Net.
Holmes's love life:
To Sherlock Holmes Irene Adler was always The Woman.
Adler page on Sherlockian.Net.
Besides her, there's always Maud Bellamy of "The Lion's Mane". And then there's
Holmes's hobbies and personality:
Some sports ("an excellent boxer, singlestick player and swordsman");
music (played the violin, and wrote
a monograph about
Orlando di Lasso); obscure knowledge (the Buddhism of Ceylon, the
warships of the future); tobacco.
When did the stories take place?
Ocular Helmsman: Personal effects and environs
Frequently asked questions
Did Holmes do drugs? What did Holmes say about eliminating the
impossible? See the
Asked Questions page.
Art of Detection
The Art of
Deduction, by Taz Rai
Holmes's Seven Vital Lessons", an essay by John C. Sherwood
of Deduction and Analysis", compiled by Dimitrios Markatos
Sketches of 17 cases, by Thomas F. Hanratty
pattern of the stories: Ronald Knox, "Studies in the Literature of Sherlock
links related to policing and crime
(critical thinking and logic)
Sherlock Holmes and
the Art of Disguise
Some common misperceptions
"Elementary, my dear Watson": never appears in the original stories;
tentatively traced to P. G. Wodehouse's comic novel Psmith, Journalist
(1915). Holmes does say "Exactly, my dear Watson," in three different tales.
Deerstalker (fore-and-aft) cap: never exactly mentioned in the stories.
The original illustrator, Sidney Paget, interpreted the "ear-flapped travelling
cap" mentioned in "Silver Blaze" as a deerstalker and drew it for that story
and four subsequent times. Then the idea took off.
Definition of a deerstalker . . .
Where can I buy a deerstalker hat? From many gentlemen's
outfitters and shops that sell woollen goods. One that's near me, and
that sells over the Internet, is
Why is it always the hat?
Curved or calabash pipe: not clearly described in the stories, but
attributed to actor William Gillette, who wanted a pipe that would not interfere with
his famous profile or with clear articulation.
What goes with the pipe, of course, is
And then there's the
Stupid Watson: not justified by the text, except in the sense that
everyone is stupider than Holmes; traceable to the buffoonish Watson played by
Nigel Bruce in
Watson's marriages, and other inconsistencies
Take a look at the
"Canonical Cruxes" page provided by "Inspector Hopkins".
Another way (or two) of looking at it all
to Sherlock Through Tarzan (the Wold Newton
The View Halloa
A series of brief introductions to the stories and provocative questions about them,
prepared by Rosemary Michaud for the Hounds of the Internet and now
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of Sherlockian chronology
and background, story by story
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