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Adventures with Sherlock Holmes: Life and Times of the Master Sleuth



On Saturday, I made a return visit to the Adventures with Sherlock Holmes: Life and Times of the Master Sleuth exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library. Although I'd gone a couple of weeks ago, I had stupidly neglected to bring my camera, though it honestly hadn't occurred to me that I'd be able to take pictures. In any case, as my mom was staying with me for the weekend, I dragged her along. Okay, "dragged" isn't really the right word. My mom was actually enthusiastic about the exhibit and seemed duly impressed. Anywaaaaaay, I went nuts with my camera, so there are several photos under the cut!


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Poster from the first Sherlock Holmes
play with William Gillette in the title role.



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Original sketches for The Great Mouse Detective



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Poster for Rivard's Cleaners and Dryers (a Windsor, Ontario ad from the 1940s)



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William Gillette



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Mugs from various Holmesian societies, including The Bootmakers of Toronto



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Sidney Paget illustration for "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box"



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Frederic Dorr Steele illustration for "The Bruce Partington Plans"



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The following stained glass artwork was created by Toronto artist Joseph Aigner:



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moriarty_stainedglass


moriarty_stainedglass_closeup



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A rare copy of the very first Sherlock Holmes publication



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The exhibit was basically divided into three sections: Moriarty, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Holmes
in general. The quotes on the wall were a clever way of indicating these different themes. Here's one of them:



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Reichenbach Falls



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Menu for the Reichenbach Centennial Dinner, which was held in New York
in 1991 and was a joint project between The Sherlock Holmes Society,
The Baker Street Irregulars, and The Culinary Institute of America



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Graphic novel depiction of "The Adventure of the Empty House"



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I guess it's not really surprising that images from
Sherlock Holmes would appear on cigarette cards and matchboxes



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Kenneth MacMillan as Moriarty in the 1953 ballet, The Great Detective.
MacMillan played the role of both Holmes and Moriarty in this production.



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Two of the more interesting editions of The Hound of the Baskervilles



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A first edition



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One of a kind re-binding of The Hound of the Baskervilles
from the Czech Republic. The binding is made up of black
goat skin, black frog skin, green fish skin, and red calf skin.



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A poster that contains all of The Hound of the Baskervilles (in very tiny print)



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Some tiny editions of the Sherlock Holmes canon:



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Some very interesting pastiches that have been written over the years:



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I think it's great that Nigel Bruce has been
used as the model for Watson on this cover!



sh_london

Painting of London with Holmes and Watson in the foreground



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Film still from The Voice of Terror



private_life_of_sh_still

Film still from The Private Life of Sherlock
Holmes
, my favourite Sherlock Holmes movie



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Holmes' Hearth Vignette Plan, a miniature created by Dee Snyder



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Holmes relaxes at home in Elementary, a painting by Canadian artist Aubrey Matheson



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