Sidney Paget: Iconic illustrator of Sherlock Holmes

Sidney Paget

Image of Sidney Paget.
In “Artists of the Strand Magazine”,
the Strand, December 1895

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes as depicted by Sidney Paget
Illustration from “The Man with the Twisted Lip” by Arthur Conan Doyle.
In the Strand, December 1891

2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sidney Paget (1860-1908), an illustrator closely associated with creating a visual identity for Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. The lean, elegant Holmes Paget presented to readers of the Strand magazine worked beautifully with Conan Doyle’s text, and formed the basis for the image of Holmes that remains popular in the public mind to this day.

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Source: Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Periodicals and Newspaper Centre, Toronto Public Library.