19th Century
Monaco

Watercolour, dated ‘1873’
Image size: 5 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches (14 x 36 cm)
Acid free mount
£180

 

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Gertrude Baskerville

Gertrude Alice Elizabeth Mynors-Baskerville was born at Cleirwy Court in Wales. Arthur Conan Doyle was a close family friend who often came to stay at the hall. During his many visits he learnt of the local legend of the hounds stalking nearby Hergest Ridge. He was inspired by the rumour and incorporated it into the fifth (and perhaps most famous) outing of his keen eyed, hawked nosed detective, Sherlock Holmes. However, at the request of his friends, the Baskervilles, he set the book in Devon “to ward off tourists”.