More Frederic Dorr Steele Art

As I explained last week, in the process of researching material for volume 6 of the 223B Casebook project, I came across some Sherlock Holmes art by Frederic Dorr Steele that appeared in the Washington Times newspaper. This is the second half with illustrations from four of the stories.

First, from “The Lion’s Mane,” one of the few stories narrated by Holmes himself.

Lion's Mane Frederic Dorr Steele

“I know, already, that Fitzroy is dead.”

Next from the “The Sussex Vampire.” I particularly like this version, with its dramatic lighting and asymmetrical composition.

Sussex Vampire Frederic Dorr Steele

“Sherlock Holmes, standing by the fireside, watches. Ferguson, the father, takes the child into his arms and fondles it most tenderly with evident devotion. ‘Fancy anyone having the heart to hurt him,’ he mutters.”

One from “The Three Gables” which involves a memoir which threatens a woman’s reputation, and she finds a novel way of taking care of the problem.

Three Gables Frederic Dorr Steele

“There was a calcined mass which she broke up with the poker. ‘Shall I give this back?’ she asked.”

Finally, one from “The Three Garridebs,” with its “simple man lured away by a bad guy” plot Conan Doyle used several times before (see “The Red-Headed League” and “The Stockbroker’s Clerk.”)

Three Garidebs Frederic Dorr Steele

“But you have been in England for some time,” said Sherlock Holmes to Mr. Garrideb of Kansas. Mr. Garrideb wondered how Mr. Holmes knew. “The shoulder of your coat, the toes of your shoes. Could anyone doubt it?”