Sign of the Four

20th June 2015

Also sometimes called “The Sign of the Four”, a recent film shown on Movies 4 Men, was full of fog, mist and smoke and a few London locations, Tooley Street among them seen and identified in several of our on line epics. Written in 1890, and probably depicting events that took place during the life and times of Sherlock Holmes in or about1888, Conan Doyle employed Holmes’ powers of deduction to entertain, confuse and amaze and captivated Victorian audiences with the cunning logic of the world’s most popular detective, this time depicted, laconically, by Ian Richardson.

Tower Bridge and Greenwich Palace appear briefly from the fog, smoke, smog and mist but we’ve done them as you will well recall in a number of films that are listed under our search button.

This version of the story; and there have been ten or a dozen others over the years since the 1930’s; was made in1983 and Holmes’ flat at 221b Baker Street contains numerous prints and illustrations, framed and hanging on the walls. General Charles Gordon’s portrait can be observed, and as this unfortunate was killed in 1885 that is a reasonable addition to Holmes’ pin-ups. What the set dressers possibly failed to appreciate when they collected the artefacts with which to decorate the great man’s study was the fact that the two Vanity Fair “Spy” cartoons; a portly gentleman in a frock coat and top hat and a cricketer in whites, as was the custom in those days; which adorn Sherlock’s walls may well not have even been published in 1890.

If you have an interest in these beautiful old prints, which one can often find in the offices of the better type of professional persons, then email us, or better still, have a look at the list on www.soldierssoldiers.com where there is reference to a thousand or more Men of the Day, and a few Ladies as well. Most constituencies have had their M.P’s caricatured between the 1880’s and about 1914, and would make a fine gift for your current incumbent. Elementary, my dear Watson.


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