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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2022 11:40 a.m. PST

And the last of my special figures have been completed -- the Drawing Room Detectives [set PMH-01] from Pulp Figures. Besides the four famous detectives, the set included three "clues" (or plot points).


I think I've identified three of the four detectives -- (from the right) Charlie Chan, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot. But I'm not sure who the one of the far left is. Any help is appreciated.

The three "clues" (plot points) are a stack of ancient tomes with a skull on top, a painted bust of Napoleon I, and the Maltese falcon ("… the stuff that dreams are made of … .").

Now I'm back to painting "run of the mill" Colonial troops -- Indian army, Russian colonial troops, Thugees, and Pashtuns.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2022 12:06 p.m. PST

My first two guesses would be Lord Peter Wimsey and Philo Vance, maybe with the early Ellery Queen in third place, the early Queens being shameless Philo Vance ripoffs. Both Wimsey and Vance were avid book collectors.

The skull could be Yorick, on whom aspirant members must swear the Detection Club Oath. The bust of Napoleon is, of course, one of a set of six.

Blount Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2022 12:13 p.m. PST

FWIW, I immediately thought it was Ellery Queen. But I'm not as familiar with Wimsey and Vance, so I'm deferring to Piepenbrink's judgment.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2022 3:12 p.m. PST

Thank you, Blount. Truth is, for any one of the three, I'd have made the miniature thinner and added a cane and a monocle or pince-nez. But if it's not one of those three, I'm clueless.

I'm not sure you could tell the three apart in miniature down to about The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) Or Halfway House (1936.) Julian Symonds says Halfway House was the last case of "Ellery Queen I" who wears a pince-nez, carries a stick and speaks somewhat affectedly--that is, very like Vance and Wimsey. He attributes the later cases to "Ellery Queen II"--possibly a younger brother? (This is in Great Detectives: Seven Original Investigations.) I suspect Ellery Queen II looked more like Jim Hutton.

Oh. And the Detection Club Skull is named Eric. My mistake.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2022 4:06 p.m. PST

I recall from previous discussions that the fellow on the left is Sexton Blake. He was an early rival of Sherlock Holmes. If you Google him, you'll see a very familiar illustration.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2022 6:27 p.m. PST


That would fit. The figure has a monogram "S" on his smoking jacket.

I knew I could count on the "hivemind" for an answer.



robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2022 1:42 a.m. PST

Great work, nnascati! And what I deserve for neglecting the franchise.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2022 9:00 a.m. PST

Nice painting!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2022 5:00 p.m. PST

Lord Peter would be a much more elegant, slim and well-dressed individual with a monocle. Miss Marple should be much more delicate and elderly rather the stout and "horsey" figure portrayed. Very nice painting especially Poirot and Chan.

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