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Ugo Matania

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  • KUMAR BHATIA
    Dear friends and fellow Sherlockians , Sidney Paget is widely recognised as the most talented and prolific illustrator of the Canon , having drawn nearly 356
    Message 1 of 1 , 11 Jan 10:34 am
      Dear friends and fellow Sherlockians ,
      Sidney Paget is widely recognised as the most talented and prolific illustrator of the Canon , having drawn nearly 356 drawings that adorned the Masters adventures as they appeared in The Strand Magazine .( " The Death of Sherlock Holmes " was sold at a Sotheby's auction , in 2004 , for a staggering $ 220,800 ! ) 
      Many other artists have also contributed fine sketches of scenes from the saga, including the american artist Fredrick Dorr Steele,
      whose Holmes was drawn in the likeness of the great William Gillette .

      Not so well known however , is the Italian artist Ugo Matania . ( 1888 - 1979 ) 
      And it was indeed good to see on  Sumalji's post ( 8th January ,SHSI Facebook page ) one of the the sketches of this talented artist 
      The drawing depicts Holmes indulging in his habit , and a distraught Watson admonishing him . 
      I have been looking  for some time now ,for  more canonical sketches by Ugo Matania , but managed to find only four , on 
      The blog of ' The Maniac Collector ' Don Hobbs . Two from " Il Segno die Quattro " ( The Sign of Four " - Italian translation )
      And one each from REDH and BLUE .
      What is striking is that the sketches are as near to a photograph as a drawing can be ! ( particularly the last two mentioned) 

      May I request , the indefatigable Sumalji , and fellow Shelockians to help find more canonical drawings of this versatile artist.
      KUMAR BHATIA





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