Monument to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

The monument to the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. John Watson, the heroes of the cycle of short stories and novels by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, was created by sculptor Andrey Orlov in honor of the 120th anniversary of the release of the work “A Study in Crimson tones”. The sculptor embodied the images of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, based on illustrations by Sidney Paget, the author of the first illustrations for the works of the cycle. However, Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin, the actors who played these roles in the Soviet television series by Igor Maslennikov, are also guessed in the features of the characters. The figure of Sherlock Holmes, made of bronze, depicts a detective standing with a pipe in his right hand and his left hand behind his back. Dr. Watson is sitting on a bench, holding a pencil and a notebook. There is a place on the bench nearby for those who want to take pictures with the heroes. This monument is the only one where Holmes and Watson are depicted together. Vasily Livanov joked that if someone sits next to Watson, touches his notebook, he will solve many problems, but if he touches Holmes’s pipe, he may find himself in a real criminal story. The grand opening of the monument took place on April 27, 2007 and was dedicated to legendary literary characters. The ceremony was attended by People’s Artist of Russia Vasily Livanov and British Ambassador to the Russian Federation Anthony Brenton.

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