"Guy Fawkes"

 

David Normal:

 

This illustration shows perhaps the discovery of a nefarious crime.  That must be Mr. Holmes with the lantern and Watson peering through the trap door to discover some nefarious deed . . . 

 

In the process of painting the presumed Dr. Watson became Guy Fawkes and Holmes an anonymous lantern bearer there to  provide a Promethean flame to the androgynous prophet bathing in the Roman bath below.

 

Image taken from page 130 of 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes' Collection of the British Library.

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