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Sherlock

SHERLOCK and The Reichenbach Falls

 

This festive season, Sherlock fans were treated to a special episode which brought the detective back to his Victorian roots. The episode was a true ‘TV-event’ watched by 13million fans. On one level the episode was the straight-forward mystery of an abominable and vengeful bride. Yet, it was also a means for Sherlock to get closer to his nemesis Moriarty and discover how and why he had returned.

 

It is for this reason the episode featured The Great Falls of The Reichenbach, a watercolour painting by J.M.W. Turner that is on display at The Higgins Bedford until April 10th 2016. The Reichenbach Falls are the scene of a famous showdown between Sherlock and Moriarty in the original short story by Conan Doyle. In the current BBC series, the painting has become a sort-of cipher for Sherlock’s ongoing battle with Moriarty.  It is the second time the painting has appeared. It was previously featured at the end of series two, when Sherlock appeared to die in a fall from a building. In this episode, the painting appears in a dream-sequence; Sherlock enters the painting for a final encounter with Moriarty.

 

The sequence echoes the way in which Conan Doyle brought Sherlock back, apparently from the dead, after The Final Problem at the Reichenbach Falls in 1893. It also sets the scene for the upcoming new series.  

The Great Falls of the Reichenbach, painted in 1804 is part of The Higgins Bedford Collection. It is a centrepiece of the current exhibition J.M.W. Turner & The Art of Watercolour which continues until April 10th 2016. At over a metre tall, it is a spectacular exhibition watercolour and a technical tour de force; Turner had by this point in his career broken free of traditional methods. Working on a large scale allowed him to depict the soaring perspectives he had witnessed on his tour of Switzerland in 1802.

 

The exhibition is free to visit.

 

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Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm

Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2 – 5pm

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