Arthur Conan Doyle’s Pig, and Yours: A Challenge
- Author(s): Ross Davies
- Date Posted: 2016
- Legal Studies #: LS 16-12
- Availability: Full text (most recent) on SSRN
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Strand Magazine printed Arthur Conan Doyle’s byline many, many times—on dozens of Sherlock Holmes stories, and also on a wide range of other works. Only once, however, did the magazine publish a Doyle-signed work that was purely graphical: the pig (yes, it is a pig) pictured above. He drew the pig in response to a challenge The Strand issued to several Victorian-era celebrities. Full details are given in an article—“Pigs of Celebrities,” by Gertrude Bacon—published by The Strand in March 1899. The gist of the challenge is easily summarized: Lift a pen and close your eyes. Keep them closed while drawing a pig. Autograph your work and send it to us. The Green Bag is renewing that challenge. It is open to all our readers, every one of whom is a celebrity in the eyes of the Bag’s editors. Please use the form (and follow the rules) on page 547 below. We will: (1) post on our website all, or at least most, pigs submitted in accordance with the rules (we reserve the right to exclude mean-spirited and copyright-infringing pigs), and (2) publish some exemplary pigs in a future Almanac & Reader, or issue of the Green Bag itself, or perhaps both.