Jan 28, 2021 - Sale 2556

Sale 2556 - Lot 111

Price Realized: $ 469
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
"I believe - is it not a fact that you let lodgings." Story illustration for "The Lodger" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes, published in McClure's Magazine, January 1911. Pen and ink on thin board. 267x162; 10 1/2x6 1/4 inches, on 12x10-inch board. Signed "H. Raleigh" in lower right image. Cornered to board with matte.

This depiction of Mr. Sleuth, the story's principal character modeled after Jack the Ripper, is one of six illustrations Raleigh produced for the publication of "The Lodger" in McClure's. Lowndes' short story was the first fictional work inspired by the infamous Whitechapel murders of 1888. She subsequently wrote a novel of the same name, which was published in serialized form by The Daily Telegraph in 1913, and in book form by leading publishers in Europe and the United States the same year. Since its publication, the terrifying tale has inspired numerous radio, film, and television adaptations, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, 1927.