Posted 5 months ago
Professor Moriarty is a fictional character in some of the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The character was introduced primarily as a narrative device to enable Doyle to kill Sherlock Holmes, and he only was featured in two of the original Sherlock Holmes stories (though Holmes mentions him in five other stories). Although many adaptations and pastiches give him the first name of James, the first Doyle story to feature him ("The Adventure of the Final Problem") does not give him a first name, whereas the short story "The Adventure of the Empty House" said his first name is James (previously said to be the name of his brother).
I found this at an Estate sale of avid Sherlock Holmes collectors. I think the paintings were done specifically for these collectors.