initially he wanted to be a pirate

A Painter, Pirates, and the Great-Uncle of Sherlock Holmes

Have we talked about this?

Horace Vernet
born and died Paris, France, 1789 -1863
Pirates Fighting at Sunrise
1818
oil on canvas X

According to “The Greek Interpreter” Holmes’s grandmother was the sister of a French artist named Vernet. There are three French painters named Vernet but Horace Vernet seems to be the only one who painted pirates. Just saying.  

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“Initially he wanted to be a pirate”