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The Scholar by crimsongriffin28 The Scholar by crimsongriffin28
Sherlock as envisioned through a historical lens - The Scholar.

Tumblr link and ficlet here: [link]

This is a companion piece to my John Watson as a Soldier, done a year ago.

To see the companion piece, go here: [link]

To see both pieces side by side, go here:[link]

Episode references

A Study in Pink

- the flower, dianthus or common name ‘pink’. Study in 'pink'.
- The skull
- knife in letters

The Blind Banker

- Map of London (London A-Z used to break the code)

A Scandal in Belgravia

- Table of Elements according to Aristotlian principles (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) As found in Sherlock's bedroom

The Reichenbach Fall

- Chess pieces. (I chose them according to their moves to reflect character. The white rook is John. The broken black bishop is Moriarty. The fallen white queen is Sherlock.) It was the last and biggest game of all.

Of course this wouldn’t be a proper Gothic era style picture without other symbols.

- The compass - morality

- the scales - balance, justice

- the letters - the historical version of Sherlock’s texting

- the book - in Latin it reads, “The Philosophy of Deduction. The philosophy can be summed up as follows: I. Observe all. II. From what is observed, all can be deduced. III. When the impossible is eliminated, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. My name is Sherlock Holmes.” In other words, it is his 'website' for others to read.

- The Vitruvian man - Sherlock’s studies.

- The anatomical drawing of the heart - John. In Latin it reads “We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. Yet my love will never cease as long as your heart beats.”

Based on elements from a Orley portrait and a Holbein portrait.
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AlbinoOtaku Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
:iconbravoplz: Bravo.
crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Thank you! *curtsy*
Gretalinian Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
You!!!!!! Bah, such attention to detail! You are putting me to shame.
hmm...I always suspected sherlock was a queen...
crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
But he moves everywhere, he's the strongest player! Though it occurs to me that John should have been the king, as he was the vulnerable one that needed protection.

Crazy detail, huh? I think I am physically and mentally incapable of do, like, SKETCH sketches. Like, doodley ones. WTF.
Gretalinian Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
But of course. Queen is certainly not meant in a derogatory sense. Hah, doodly sketches seem to be all I'm doing lately, should probably start putting more thought into my stuff...
crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I think they already established in the show that Mycroft is the Queen of all. Sherlock said so.

Now, BACK TO WOrK! Study and sketch!
Gretalinian Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Well... Yes. But then again so am I.
...Oh wait...
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