PAGET, Sidney Edward

1861 - 1908

Sidney Paget

Born at Clerkenwell, London on 4 October 1861, son of Robert Paget, a vestry clerk at St James and St John in Clerkenwell, and his wife Martha née Clarke, a music professor, who married at Atherstone, Worcestershire in 1853. Sidney started drawing at a young age and studied at the British Museum for two years before entering Heatherley's School of Art, and in 1881 at the Royal Academy Schools. Paget contributed eighteen paintings, including nine portraits to the Royal Academy exhibitions 1879-1905. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1885-1891 and in 1885 exhibited from 19 Lloyd Square, Clerkenwell an oil 'A Native of Blythburgh', in 1886 'A Suffolk Marsh, Blythburgh' and 'Rain Clouds' and his last exhibit was in 1887 'The Truant'. A well-known illustrator and is best known for his illustration of Sherlock Holmes and Paget's drawings appeared in 'Strand Magazine', 'Pictorial World', 'The Sphere', 'The Graphic', 'Illustrated London News and 'Pall Mall Magazine' and his work became well known in both the United Kingdom and United States. He provided illustrations for Arthur Morrison's, Martin Hewitt detective stories and Arthur Conan Doyle's, Sherlock Holmes work, doing much to popularise both series. He married on 1 June 1893, Edith Hounsfield and they had four daughters and two sons. Sidney Paget died at 16 Surrey Road, Margate, Kent on 28 January 1908 and buried in East Finchley Cemetery. Two of his brothers, Henry Marriott Paget (18561936) and Walter Stanley Paget (18631935) were also successful portraitists and illustrators.

Works by This Artist