Statue of Sherlock Holmes, London

Statue of Sherlock Holmes, London

The Statue of Sherlock Holmes, a tribute to the legendary fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, stands as a remarkable landmark in London. Sculpted by the talented artist John Doubleday, this distinctive statue commemorates the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes and is located near the supposed site of 221B Baker Street, the iconic address associated with the detective's adventures.

Unveiled with great ceremony on 23rd September 1999, this exceptional sculpture was made possible through the generous funding provided by the Abbey National building society. The location chosen for the statue is just as fascinating as its subject – since there was no available space on Baker Street itself, the statue was strategically placed outside the Baker Street tube station, along Marylebone Road.

The statue, standing at an impressive 3 meters in height (approximately 9.8 feet), features a detailed depiction of Sherlock Holmes. The character is shown wearing his signature Inverness cape and deerstalker hat, distinctive attributes initially introduced to the world through the illustrations of Sidney Paget. Sidney Paget's illustrations brought Arthur Conan Doyle's stories to life in The Strand Magazine. In addition to these iconic elements, the statue portrays Holmes holding a calabash pipe, a subtle reference to the detective's refined and intellectual demeanor.

This statue serves as a wonderful homage to the enduring legacy of Sherlock Holmes, celebrated as one of literature's most beloved and enduring characters.

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Sight Name: Statue of Sherlock Holmes
Sight Location: London, England (See walking tours in London)
Sight Type: Statue/Public Art
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