“The Adventure of the Priory School”
This scene from “The Priory School” displays Paget’s quintessential artistry. It is dark, anxious, and suspenseful. With a single detail—a burst of light from a match—it captures a new twist in the story of a missing child. For the light reveals a patched Dunlop tire, identifying it as the second bicycle Holmes tracked on the moor. And as Holmes has now seen its rider, he deduced the identity of the kidnapper.
The Strand Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 158, February 1904
Gouache, crayon, and charcoal on paper, 11 × 7 in