what’s the profession?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #59
 
A sign
A gentleman in striped pants, black jacket, white shirt, and black leather gloves investigates a sign laid out on a forest floor. The sign is composed of twigs and stones—but the question is: what is the profession of the person who laid out the sign?
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UPDATE and solution (18 December 2013):
Apologies for this update coming so late, especially as Alhambra posted the right answer—Congratulations!—already on 23 October 2013: The original profession of the man who laid out the sign was: sailor. That way the victory in the 59th installment of zeph’s pop culture quiz was snatched away from Alexander Rabitsch who already was close when he wrote in the comments: ‘Mr. Jonas Oldrace is a master-builder.’ That way he clearly signalled that he had deduced that the screencap was taken from the TV-series episode ‘The Norwood Builder’ (Grieve 1985) based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s short story The Adventure of the Norwood Builder (1903). So, the gentleman sporting striped pants in the picture is Sherlock Holmes, impersonated by actor Jeremy Brett—the definitive moving-image Holmes! The question was a bit tricky, I confess, because the sailor turned tramp does not at all appear in Doyle’s story, but was added for the television dramatization.

DOYLE, Sir ARTHUR CONAN. 1903. The Adventure of the Norwood Builder. Collier’s Weekly September 1903, Strand Magazine October 1903.
GRIEVE, KEN. 1985. The Norwood Builder [TV series episode]. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, ep. 10. Manchester: Granada Television.
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  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at 09:28

    Mr. Jonas Oldrace is a master-builder.

    • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at 09:45

      This is correct, but, alas, Mr. Oldacre isn’t the one who laid out the sign ;)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at 10:19

    :D Damn! ;)

  • Alhambra Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at 12:44

    He was a tramp.

    • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at 12:50

      Ahh … Alhambra, yes, you are right, a tramp laid out the sign. But is ‘tramp’ a proper profession? The tramp in question once learned and practiced a proper profession, before he became a tramp. That’s the profession I am asking for ;)

  • Alhambra Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at 06:52

    Gardener, sailor, brick layer, …?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at 08:50

      I’m impressed! It indeed is one of the three professions you listed! :)

  • Alhambra Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at 12:35

    Yes, I guess it is the “cool one”, the sailor …

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at 12:39

      Congratulations! :) :) :) Yes, exactly, it is the cool profession. The sign was laid out by a sailor turned tramp! (I’ll update the post accordingly as soon as time permits.)