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220px-ArthurConanDoyle_AStudyInScarlet_annualBook(s): Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrator: George Huchinson
Original Publication Date: 1887

Basic Plot:
Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant investigator, who uses his powers of deductive reasoning to solve crimes, with the help of his assistant, Dr. John Watson.

History:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a general practice doctor in Southsea who dabbled in ficition writing.  In 1886 he wrote A Study in Scarlet, the first of 56 stories about Sherlock Holmes.  While there is no one particular basis for Holmes and Dr. Watson, a few figures in Doyle’s life inspired elements of him.

Adaptations:
The character was an immediate success, and subsequently adaptations began almost immediately.  Because of this (and the fact there are 56 stories that have been adapted), I will only cover the most famous ones as well as my Holmes introduction. 

The first adaptation was a stage adaptation called Sherlock Holmes written by and starring William Gillette.  This is most notable for two factors. It was the first introduction of two very Holmesian traits, the curved pipe and the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson.”  The play was a huge hit and toured for years and was revived for years.

220px-Rathbone_as_Holmes_-_F&R (1)Basil Rathborne was the longest-running Holmes, starring in 14 films from 1939 to 1946 (two a year!) as well as on the radio.

A musical called Baker Street ran for about nine months in 1965, featuring Fritz Weaver as Holmes and with a very young Christopher Walken in the dancing ensemble.  Aside from a concert staging in 2002, it has never been revived.

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In 1984, Jeremy Brett took up the role for television and stage.  The Granada series, which ran from 1984-1994, covered 42 of the short stories.  Brett’s performance is considered by most to be the definitive performance of Holmes.

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Christopher Lee did the role in three different film versions in the 1980s, and Robert Downey, Jr. took the role for two films in the 2000s.

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My introduction to Holmes came in 1995 with the PBS show “Wishbone” in an adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Currently, there are two Holmes series on the air.  Elementary on CBS with Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu and Sherlock on BBC with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  Sherlock is far superior.

Other Cross-Stitching Charts

To my knowledge, there are no other Sherlock Holmes cross stitch charts out there…which is kinda shocking and sad.

Final Thoughts

This was a difficult post to put together. Since the chart isn’t a specific Holmes story, it was very wide open where to go. I apologize that it wasn’t up to the standard of the first two.

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