Monday, August 25, 2008

Ha! Observe, Watson -

"Holmes and Watson"
digital collage by Mick Mather
One of the great joys over my two weeks of vacation, now passed, was reading a collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of Sherlock Holmes. The bulk of the 3-dozen mysteries and adventures were originally published in The Strand Magazine in England in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. The edition, being a facsimile reproduction, bears a secondary treat of a few hundred of Sidney Paget's perfect pen & ink illustrations. You might imagine my great surprise that, one afternoon, having sneaked into the studio and switched on the computer for a bit of fun, out popped this tribute to that fine artist. Having recently completed "That Hideous Strength" (the 3rd book in The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis) I had grown quite accustomed to the peculiarities of the British Voice and delved a bit deeper therein from reading the short stories by Conan Doyle. Not everyone's cup o' tea as I well know, but they've been, as already said, a very high point of my well spent down time.

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Blogger SusuPetal said...

Those illustrations of Paget are great and you've captured the same feeling in your manipulation.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

They are stunning to look at, Paget's illustrations. Thanks, Susu, for the wonderful and supportive link 'tween the two of us.

6:54 PM  
Blogger hpy said...

The man in your picture is Holmes.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Yes it is and the man over his shoulder is Watson. :)

4:59 AM  

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