“The Adventure of the Silver Blaze”
Original artwork, Used in the Strand and UK and US book editions
Three of the seven original Paget illustrations in my collection were created for stories in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first drawing in “The Adventure of the Silver Blaze,” showing Holmes and Watson en route to Dartmoor to investigate the disappearance of a race horse. Using gray washes highlighted in white and pale ochre, Paget gives us the look and feel, practically the smell and sound, of a Victorian railway carriage. He made it possible to imagine oneself in the scene.
Gouache and watercolor on paper, 10¼ × 7 in