WEAR SHERLOCK: showcasing the clothing and props featured in the BBC show Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss.
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Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Pietro Annigoni (1954-55)
As seen in Mycroft’s office in The Empty Hearse
Oil tempera on board. 182 x 121 cm
Prints available here at Amazon.co.uk
Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) was an Italian portrait and fresco painter, influenced by the Italian Renaissance. He was commissioned by The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, London, to paint Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. The now iconic painting (which made Annigoni world famous) portrayed The Queen as a romantic but dignified figure, standing in a pale snowy landscape within the contrasting robes and cloak of The Order of the Garter.
The painting has been used on currency in several countries/dependencies of the British Empire and on many stamps. It currently hangs on the south wall of The Court Drawing Room at Fishmongers Hall, London, overlooking the River Thames. It was exhibited for the first time in The National Portrait Gallery in 2012 for a brief period.
(For more art in Sherlock click here.)
Pair of Antique German Chromolithographs
As seen here in 221b in Series 1 and 2
For more prints/art/photography from 221b check our our wall art tag.
View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer.
The original “Lost Vermeer” painting from The Great Game.
View of Delft was painted by Vermeer between 1660 and 1661 and shows a view of the artist’s hometown. It is an oil on canvas and is currently housed in The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague. Perhaps Vermeer’s most popular painting is Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Sherlock’s production designers have recreated the original painting to show a night scene, cutting out a portion from the top and bottom of the canvas. They have kept the cityscape almost identical.
Sherlock’s bedroom Portraits, a Study (2 of 2)
DIMITRI MENDELEEV 1834 - 1907
- Seen here on Sherlock’s wall.
Dimitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist, inventor and Doctor of Science widely known to be responsible for creating the Periodic Table of the Elements. At the time that Mendeleev created his table, not all chemical elements had been discovered so he left spaces within it along with predicted properties that they would have. He was successful in his predictions and when the elements were discovered they fitted perfectly into the spaces he had left in his table.
It’s obvious to any Holmes fan as to why Sherlock would idolise a man such as Mendeleev. Sherlock’s interest in the Periodic Table he created is made visible by his framed print of it also seen on his bedroom wall, here.
Mendeleev’s portrait on Sherlock’s wall was taken in 1897.
A high-res copy can be seen online here.
Sherlock’s bedroom Portraits, a Study (1 of 2)
EDGAR ALLAN POE 1809 - 1849
- Seen here on Sherlock’s wall.
As previously mentioned, the portrait of Poe seen in Sherlock’s bedroom is a subtle link added to the set by the show’s creators in tribute to the original inspiration of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Poe’s detective character C. Auguste Dupin was the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes and is known to be the first ever fictional detective. Sir Arthur described Poe as:
"the father of the detective tale. [He] covered its limits so completely that I fail to see how his followers can find any fresh ground which they can confidently call their own.”
In the Sherlock Holmes books themselves, Poe’s Dupin is mentioned by ACD. In A Study in Scarlet Watson writes:
"It is simple enough as you explain it," I said, smiling. "You remind me of Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin. I had no idea that such individuals did exist outside of stories."
Sherlock Holmes rose and lit his pipe. “No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin,” he observed. “Now, in my opinion, Dupin was a very inferior fellow. That trick of his of breaking in on his friends’ thoughts with an apropos remark after a quarter of an hour’s silence is really very showy and superficial. He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine.”
If you’d like to read more about the influence Poe’s writings had on Arthur Conan Doyle and see a comprehensive comparison of the similarities in both of their texts you can read a wonderful online essay by Drew R. Thomas here: Part One | Part Two
The portrait of Poe (a daguerreotype) is available in a larger size here. The image is titled “Ultima Thule" and was taken a year before Poe’s death. For more information on the print itself and how it was created please see our previous ask-answer on the portrait here.
The Great Falls of the Reichenbach, by William Turner (1804)
Recovered by Sherlock in The Reichenbach Fall
27 x 40 inches. Portrait.
£25 - £145 (depending on size) / Prints available from here.
In this interesting article published by The Radio Times, Sherlock’s production designer Arwel Wyn Jones talks about some of the key items featured on the set of 221b Baker Street. Wearsherlock have been on the hunt for more information so you too can have a part of 221b in your own house! Click on the set images above to see them in higher resolution.
“The animal skull was purchased online and sprayed a glossy black before it was mounted on the wall. The headphones were a last-minute, spur-of the moment addition.”
If you’re looking for a bison skull, your best bet is skullsunlimited.com which stock a wide range of skulls in all shapes and sizes. Many independent sellers on etsy and eBay also stock skulls and often at a cheaper price.
“A modern alternative to the stiletto always referenced as Holmes’s way of filing the mail, this Leatherman knife actually belonged to Arwel. But because it now has a permanent home on set, he’s had to purchase a replacement.”
“The skull on the mantelpiece is, of course, a cast, which had to be chiselled out to allow Watson to hide Holmes’s packet of cigarettes inside it in The Hounds of Baskerville.”
Looking for your own (slightly) creepy mantelpiece ornament? Look no further than Amazon.co.uk who stock many replica skulls (click the link for our favourite). If you’d like a real human skull, boneroom.com can help! As previously answered, the cigarettes hidden by Sherlock’s skull were completely brandless, featuring nothing but the typical UK warning label.
For those interested in the frame of beetles and epauletted bat, which is also seen in Sherlock’s bedroom, (take a closer look at a similar frame here), etsy and eBay are once again the best places to look if you want one at a steal. To get an idea of retail pricing try naturepavillion.com. Here’s a frame of beetles from their shop at $94.
“In the artwork on the wall, parts of the skull are painted on different layers of Perspex, creating a sort of 3D effect. Even shot in 2D, the depth created and the weirdness of the effect make for an impressive addition to the set.”
For lovers of 221b’s artwork, our partners in prop hunting sherlockology.com have created a downloadable PDF of the piece here. If you’d like to give it a go yourself, a plain base for the graphic is available here.
“We wanted to blur the edge between laboratory and kitchen, says Arwel, suggesting Holmes would think nothing of boiling the kettle next to an experiment on a severed hand - or heating up beans on a Bunsen burner.”
Want to have your own laboratory kitchen? For all your equipment needs try, alkaliscientific, alphalabs or spectrumchemical. If you’re looking for Sherlock’s book, the exact copy is available here at Amazon where you’ll also find his black pestle and mortar in a range of sizes. We’re still currently searching for Sherlock’s microscope, so if you think you know the model please let us know!
“The magpie seal was inspired by the music playing on Moriarty’s headphones (Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie) as he staged his daring break-ins. It also influenced the winged IOU graffiti on a Baker Street wall.”
Have another listen to The Thieving Magpie here. For those of you who want a better look at the graffiti, here’s a close up. If you’d like to make your own magpie seal, you can create one at customwaxnseals.com
Shodan (初段) Judo diploma certificate
Seen in Sherlock’s bedroom in A Scandal in Belgravia
First rank Judo certificate, presented to Sherlock Holmes
( シャーロック・ホームズ )
Priceless / Available if you’re presented with the first Dan degree in Judo