“Forgotten Hollywood”- Museum of London Honors Sleuth…

Posted on May 21, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The Museum of London is turning its magnifying glass on the most famous detective who never lived — Sherlock Holmes. The museum announced an exhibition devoted to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian sleuth, featuring everything from hand-written manuscripts to the overcoat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series Sherlock. It’s the first time the museum has built an exhibit around a fictional character. But, Holmes is one of those rare creations who long outlived his creator, and captured the public imagination for more than a century.

sherlock   The Free Library of Philadelphia has loaned pages from Edgar Allan Poe’s handwritten manuscript for the 1841 story The Murders in the Rue Morgue. It’s often considered the first modern detective yarn and was a childhood favorite of Conan Doyle. There is also an oil portrait of Conan Doyle, painted in 1897 by Sidney Paget, whose illustrations for the original stories in Strand Magazine, which created the lean, hawkish Holmes of popular imagination. Pat Hardy, the curator of paintings, prints, and drawings, notes the moustache-sporting Conan Doyle looked distinctly like Dr. Watson.

385px-Basil_Rathbone_Sherlock_Holmes   The artifacts will be set alongside paintings, prints and photographs of late 19th-century London, including the evocative, but little-known, illustrations of American artist Joseph Pennell, on loan from the Library of Congress. The images — like the stories — evoke a vast, polluted metropolis of foggy streets and horse-drawn hansom cabs.

   The exhibition — which opens October 17th and runs to April 12th — examines the character’s origins, in stories by doctor-turned-writer Conan Doyle, and his evolution through a myriad of stage and screen adaptations, including top-notch performances by BASIL RATHBONE -> The character actor has his own chapter in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. His role as the sleuth kept his image alive through Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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