“The Adventure of the Final Problem”
Original artwork, Used in the Strand and UK and US book editions
“The Adventure of the Final Problem,” in which Holmes meets what his readers in December 1893 believed to be his death, stresses time and again that Holmes was a master of disguise. This drawing perfectly captures his talent for deception. The “venerable Italian priest” is, in fact, Holmes, on the run, and even Watson does not recognize him.
Gouache and ink on paper, 7 × 8¾