John Doubleday

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The only public seated statue of the fictional Sherlock Holmes is sculpted by John Doubleday at Meiringen, Switzerland close to the Reichenbach Falls where Holmes is said to have had his final confrontation with his nemesis Professor Moriarty.

John Doubleday (born 9 October 1947)[1] is a British painter and sculptor famous for his public sculptures and statues. He is a figurative sculptor, who works mostly in bronze. He was influenced by Charles Despiau, while spending time at the Musée Bourdelle, Paris.[2]

Doubleday was born in 1947 in Langford, near Maldon, Essex and studied at Stowe and sculpture at Goldsmiths College.[3] He has enjoyed a successful career as a public sculptor since his first one-man show at the Waterhouse and Dodd Gallery, London in 1968.[3]

He created two- and three-dimensional art and when he created the statue of Nelson he agreed that the sum would be given to charity.[3]

His commissioned portraits include:


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 9 Oct 2014. p. 41.
  2. ^ Windsor, Alan (2002). British sculptors of the twentieth century. Burlington, VT, Ashgate.
  3. ^ a b c d e Nelson.

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