Now this statue is instantly identifiable. It is of course, our hero, the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, standing puffing a pipe, outside of Baker Street Tube Station on the Marylebone Road.
This bronze artwork was created by artist John Doubleday and stands at some three metres high, funded by the Abbey National Building Society. The Abbey National was located at the supposed address of the noted sleuth at 221b Baker Street, and they commissioned the statue to celebrate Holmes’ 150th anniversary. It was unveiled on 23rd September 1999.
Doubleday created another Holmes statue before this one – it is located in Meiningen, Switzerland near the Reichenbach Falls – the scene of Holmes’ fake death in The Final Problem when fighting arch foe, Moriaty. It is, I am told, the world’s only seated statue of Holmes.
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