Ouida and Basil Rathbone (Sherlock before Cumberbatch) entertained lavishly and often – I thought you might like to see their home:

ouida and basil rathbone

at home with the rathbones

Basil Rathbone dining room


  1. Thank you so much.I have never ever seen any of those pictures.Rathbone for me was the very image of Sherlock Holmes depicted in the stories newspaper incarnation.

    • Apparently he was know for throwing parties and dinners, as (I’m finding out) was Dirk Bogarde. And, I’m sure they did it with staff – something that none of us is familiar with – another era.

  2. George Kaplan

    Fabulous home. Oh, don’t mention Cumberbatch in the same breath as Basil! The notion of people calling Holmes Sherlock and him not eviscerating them with words brings me out in hives. *winks*
    Hm. Basil and Dirk. I’m making no further comment!

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