The Museum of London has a new exhibition, all about one of the world’s best loved fictional detectives, Sherlock Holmes, who was created in 1887 by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He has been immortalised in numerous films and television programmes and his fictional address at 221B Baker Street has become a tourist attraction.
The Guinness World Records consistently lists Sherlock Holmes as the “most portrayed movie character” with more than 70 actors playing the part in over 200 films. Robert Downey Jr. played the famous detective in Guy Ritchie’s film “Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows” starring Jude Law as Holmes ‘ sidekick, Dr.Watson.
Exhibition cruator David Cannadine notes that the original books felt so realistic that many readers assume that they portray an accurate picture of London at that time: “I think we all tend to suppose that that late-19th century London as it really was, was the way it was in terms of how Conan Doyle depicted it. So, we think in particular of the gas lamps and the clattering of the horses hooves and the fogs in Baker Street. To some degree that’s right, but actually Conan Doyle rather under-described the atmospheric things about late-19th century London. He doesn’t write about the traffic jams, he doesn’t write about the smell of horse droppings, he doesn’t write about the filth of the pavements.”
The exhibition traces the history of this famous fictional character, and includes iconic items such as the coat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch when he played Sherlock Holmes in the television series, with Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson.
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