Bending over the prostrate body of Sherlock Holmes

Sidney Paget


Photographic reproduction of ink and paper

Illustration for Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Reigate Puzzle,” p. 266.

The passage illustrated: “His words were cut short by a sudden scream of "Help! Help! Murder!" With a thrill I recognized the voice of that of my friend. I rushed madly from the room on to the landing. The cries, which had sunk down into a hoarse, inarticulate shouting, came from the room which we had first visited. I dashed in, and on into the dressing-room beyond. The two Cunninghams were bending over the prostrate figure of Sherlock Holmes, the younger clutching his throat with both hands, while the elder seemed to be twisting one of his wrists.”