Description 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved
The year: 1899 The place: Buffalo, NY The event: The American debut of the play Sherlock Holmes, adapted, directed and performed by William Gillette with the imprimatur of the author of the Holmes canon, Arthur Conan Doyle.
William Gillette - the American playwright, director, actor - brought Sherlock Holmes to life for generations of theater-going American audiences. He was born in 1853 in the same Hartford, Connecticut neighborhood that was also home to Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain.
For decades, Gillette was the absolute embodiment of Conan Doyle's much-beloved fictional detective, and it was this line from his play - 'Oh, this is elementary, my dear fellow' - that gave rise to the oft-repeated 'Elementary, my dear Watson', first spoken by Clive Barker, who was the original talking film actor to portray the great detective. The line never actually appears in any of Conan Doyle's written works.
William Gillette eventually built an eclectic house, which he often called his 'Hadlyme stone heap' - known today simply as 'Gillette Castle' - in that town on a high bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. The room in this painting is one of the many in that house, and it is where I imagine 'the American Sherlock Holmes' might have received visitors seeking his assistance.
Digital oils from an original photograph shot May 29, 2004.
RC DeWinter, Fairfield, CT Member Since December 2008 Artist StatementHello and welcome to my portfolio on Imagekind. Here's a bit about me:
RC deWinter is a Connecticut writer/digital artist whose artwork has been published in many print and online journals, including, among others, The American Muse, Fine Art Photography, Poetry Nook, 2River View, Pink Panther, Official Feature Online Entertainment Magazine, Garden Tripod and also used as set décor on ABC-TV’s “Desperate Housewives." In 2013 Ms. deWinter she was one of six finalists for a Shorty Award, the national social media awards, in art. Ms. deWinter is honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut. Her 4-week solo exhibition was an unqualified success. Her poetry publication credits include The New York Times, Uno: A Poetry Anthology, 2River View, Another Sun, Pink Panther Magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger, Plum Ruby Review, Poetry Life and Times and numerous other print/online publications. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.