Time to work.

Before we start: I know a lot of people think that this moment wasn’t real but imagined by Sherlock. It can maybe be true, though I don’t think it is, but in any case, let’s put that fact aside and consider this as something real. We’ll see later for the Inception-like stuff.

• Redbeard being the title for the page is important, obviously. And we know that Redbeard isn’t a dog for sure but can be a code name for the third brother, which would be making much more sense.

•  Vernet - some people thought about the Vernet syndrome, because of the fact Mycroft is maybe ill - the fact they say he will die soon - but I don’t think this is it.
Vernet is actually - by Sherlock Holmes own words, in The Greek Interpretor (the story where we met Mycroft) - one of his ancestors. He says that his grand-mother is Vernet’s sister.
The thing is, there is three French painter (all related) that are called Vernet and Doyle never precise which one he is talking about.

→  Émile Jean-Horace Vernet (30 June 1789 – 17 January 1863). Vernet was a French painter of battles and soldiers, in non academic way.

Vernet quickly developed a disdain for the high-minded seriousness of academic French art influenced by Classicism, and decided to paint subjects taken mostly from contemporary culture. Therefore, he began depicting the French soldier in a more familiar, vernacular manner rather than in an idealized, Davidian fashion. Some of his paintings that represent French soldiers in a more direct, less idealizing style, include Dog of the Regiment, Trumpeter’s Horse, and Death of Poniatowski.

In a way, that was what Doyle was doing with John.

One interesting anecdote is this one:

One well known and possibly apocryphal anecdote maintains that when Vernet was asked to remove a certain obnoxious general from one of his paintings, he replied, “I am a painter of history, sire, and I will not violate the truth,” hence demonstrating his fidelity to representing war truthfully.

There is no need to seek too deep to understand why Conan Doyle may have referenced this particular painter, making him Sherlock Holmes’ relative.

Antoine Charles Horace Vernet aka. Carle Vernet (14 August 1758 – 17 November 1836) (father of the previous)

In his Triumph of Aemilius Paulus, he broke with tradition and drew the horse with the forms he had learnt from nature in stables and riding-schools. His hunting-pieces, races, landscapes, and work as a lithographer were also very popular.

Carle’s sister was executed by the guillotine during the Revolution.

After this, he gave up art.When he again began to produce under the French Directory (1795–1799), his style had changed radically. He started drawing in minute detail battles and campaigns to glorify Napoleon. His drawings of Napoleon’s Italian campaign won acclaim as did the Battle of Marengo, and for his Morning of Austerlitz Napoleon awarded him the Legion of Honour. Louis XVIII of France awarded him the Order of Saint Michael. Afterwards he excelled in hunting scenes and depictions of horses.In addition to being a painter and lithographer, Carle Vernet was an avid horseman. Just days before his death at the age of seventy-eight, he was seen racing as if he were a sprightly young man.

Here we have the idea of a sibling being executed, which I think is important. Because what Holmes says is that his grand mother is Vernet’s sister, so it could be Carle’s sister.

Claude-Joseph Vernet (14 August 1714 – 3 December 1789) (father of the previous)

In 1734, Vernet left for Rome to study landscape designers and maritime painters, like Claude Gellee, where we find the styles and subjects of Vernets paintings.

Slowly Vernet attracted notice in the artistic milieu of Rome. With a certain conventionality in design, proper to his day, he allied the results of constant and honest observation of natural effects of atmosphere, which he rendered with unusual pictorial art. Perhaps no painter of landscapes or sea-pieces has ever made the human figure so completely a part of the scene depicted or so important a factor in his design. In this respect he was heavily influenced by Giovanni Paolo Panini, whom he probably met and worked with in Rome. Vernet’s work draws on natural themes, but in a way that is neither sentimental or emotive. The overall effect of his style is wholly decorative.“Others may know better”, he said, with just pride, “how to paint the sky, the earth, the ocean; no one knows better than I how to paint a picture”. His style remained relatively static throughout his life. His works’ attentiveness to atmospheric effects is combined with a sense of harmony that is reminiscent of Claude Lorrain.

I bolded the part that I think is interesting. Sound like a theme we know.

Note that the three of them are painting landscapes, or battle paintings. (They are extremely beautiful by the way, they were amazing painters).

611174 or 6///74 or 6/1/74 or 6 1 1174 (etc)-  this combination of numbers is leading to Vernet. So I thought it was maybe a date. Maybe a birth date (1st of June 1974?), maybe Redbeard’s birth date? (which would make him just 2 years older than Sherlock if his birth date in the show is Benedict Cumberbatch birth date - 19 of July 1976).

But also, it could be the 6th of January, which is actually the hypothetical Sherlock’s birth date:

An estimate of Holmes’s age in “His Last Bow” places his year of birth at 1854; the story, set in August 1914, describes him as 60 years of age. Leslie S. Klinger, author of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, posits the detective’s birthdate as 6 January.


So what if Sherlock’s birth date in the show is the 6th of January 1974 (is birth date not being the same as BC’s).
What if it’s Redbeard’s birth date?

So, remind the “not twins” conversation and what I said about it earlier here. What if. Yah.. twisted, a bit, I know, but what if Redbeard is not Mycroft’s twin brother but Sherlock’s?

NOTE: I’m doubting about all the signs being 1 because look at the equation next to it. In the first line, Mycroft wrote a 1 as a I and the others looks like this: 1. It’s not unusual to switch graphy when we write, I do this all the time, for instance. But maybe it’s intentional, we can’t know for sure.

• The “1000/0100/0010/0001″ code - I am no mathematician but I’ve read this meta saying it was Minkowski metric / The Minkowski distance / space. For what I understood it’s a way to calculate coordinates by including the notion of time in it. It’s the calculation of a distance not only in space but in time.
This equation is related to something called the matrix, which says how to find out how far apart two events in the space-time are. (If I’m saying something wrong feel free to correct).
Though I don’t agree at all with the conclusion of this meta, the mathematical explanation is actually interesting and important.
It may just be a Doctor Who reference, you know, but I think that associated with Vernet and Redbeard the code isn’t just here to make a reference. It also references the fact mathematics is a field of knowledge we heard about before. Don’t forget Maman Holmes.
But also: don’t forget Professor Moriarty.
Both knew about mathematics on a high level.

It still appeals to family but also to something that Mycroft is working on. The question is, why would he want / need to calculate a distance in space-time? And I don’t think at all this is something about science-fiction, this isn’t really a thing in Sherlock Holmes’ universe. :o)

Scarlet roll m[…] o (?)-  the only stuff I found is that it’s a specific kind of dress, but I don’t think it’s really helpful.

But we can start by saying that scarlet is echoing to A Study in Scarlet, or that scarlet is actually a kind of red, so “Redbeard”. But I don’t see how it has to do with “roll” or which word is beginning with an m. Maybe it’s linked to the math equations below. The thing is this part is highlighted - underlined twice -  which is something you do for important parts usually.

- Nabla - E = 0 ; Nabla x E = 2B/2E - mathematics again, yay! :o) (not that I don’t like it but I’m dyscalculic, see my problem :o) )
Nabla is a reversed Delta, as you see. It’s also called “Del”.

Del, or nabla, is an operator used in mathematics, in particular, in vector calculus, as a vector differential operator, usually represented by the nabla symbol . When applied to a function defined on a one-dimensional domain, it denotes its standard derivative as defined in calculus. When applied to a field (a function defined on a multi-dimensional domain), del may denote the gradient (locally steepest slope) of a scalar field (or sometimes of a vector field, as in the Navier–Stokes equations), the divergence of a vector field, or the curl (rotation) of a vector field, depending on the way it is applied.

Strictly speaking, del is not a specific operator, but rather a convenient mathematical notation for those three operators, that makes many equations easier to write and remember. The del symbol can be interpreted as a vector of partial derivative operators, and its three possible meanings—gradient, divergence, and curl—can be formally viewed as the product with a scalar, dot product, and cross product, respectively, of the del “operator” with the field. These formal products do not necessarily commute with other operators or products.


I don’t understand what it means and I couldn’t find this equation on internet, so I don’t know what it means.

Some help from someone studying mathematics would be very very very appreciated.
All I can say about it is that mathematics reminds us about the Holmeses mother and about Professor Moriarty.


My theory is: Mycroft is currently trying to track and find Redbeard - which is family, the third brother -, he is looking for him. He is trying to solve the whole Redbeard problem and it will be maybe what will kill him two years later.