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!
Poster from the first Sherlock Holmes
play with William Gillette in the title role.
Original sketches for The Great Mouse Detective
Poster for Rivard's Cleaners and Dryers (a Windsor, Ontario ad from the 1940s)
Mugs from various Holmesian societies, including The Bootmakers of Toronto
Sidney Paget illustration for "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box"
Frederic Dorr Steele illustration for "The Bruce Partington Plans"
A rare copy of the very first Sherlock Holmes publication
in general. The quotes on the wall were a clever way of indicating these different themes. Here's one of them:
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
Graphic novel depiction of "The Adventure of the Empty House"
I guess it's not really surprising that images from
Sherlock Holmes would appear on cigarette cards and matchboxes
Kenneth MacMillan as Moriarty in the 1953 ballet, The Great Detective.
MacMillan played the role of both Holmes and Moriarty in this production.
Two of the more interesting editions of The Hound of the Baskervilles
A first edition
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.
A poster that contains all of The Hound of the Baskervilles (in very tiny print)
I think it's great that Nigel Bruce has been
used as the model for Watson on this cover!
Painting of London with Holmes and Watson in the foreground
Film still from The Voice of Terror
Film still from The Private Life of Sherlock
Holmes, my favourite Sherlock Holmes movie
Holmes' Hearth Vignette Plan, a miniature created by Dee Snyder
Holmes relaxes at home in Elementary, a painting by Canadian artist Aubrey Matheson