Sherlock Holmes's Artistic Ancestry

Why did Conan Doyle decide to connect his fictional character with the Vernets, a family of distinguished French artists?

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Paul Vidich on the Pleasures of the Literary Spy Novel and the Ethical Ambiguities of the Late Cold War

The novels of Paul Vidich are far removed from the sheen and opulence of James Bond, and feel more at home with the wry wit and stuff...