The history of Sherlock Holmes – in pictures

Since first appearing in print in 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has become the world’s most famous fictional detective. Featuring in hundreds of stage, movie screen and radio adaptations, and portrayed today in the popular BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Holmes continues to enthrall audiences. Now, this enduring fascination is to be explored in a new exhibition at the Museum of London


Strand magazine Vol iv.1892. Page page 646. illustration The Adventure of the Silver Blaze- "Holmes gave me a sketch of the events" Alex Werner Private Collection.

Featuring world-class loans and never-before-seen objects, the exhibition promises to delve into the mind of Sherlock Holmes, and transport visitors to Victorian London – the backdrop for Conan Doyle’s most famous literary invention.


Here, we bring you some of the highlights:


Sidney Paget [British illustrator whose works accompanied Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories in The Strand magazine] September 1893, engraving: ‘The Adventure of the Greek interpreter’, Strand Magazine © Museum of London


Sherlock Holmes cover 1903 first edition, published in New York © Museum of London


Sherlock Holmes exhibition objects © Museum of London


George Washington Wilson, A View of the Strand, looking west c1890 © Museum of London


Sidney Paget, ‘Holmes Was Working Hard Over a Chemical Investigation’, illustration for The Naval Treaty © Museum of London


Carte de visite, Arthur Conan Doyle, New York, undated © Museum of London


Black and cream pipe © Museum of London


Sidney Paget, December 1893, ‘The Adventure of the Final Problem’, Strand Magazine © Museum of London


Benedict Cumberbatch in Belstaff coat, photograph by Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

To find out more about the exhibition, which runs from 17 October 2014 to 12 April 2015, click here.

To look at more historical pictures, click here.


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