Paget had other illustration work, but today I'll focus on some Holmes illustration found on the Internet. What strikes me is how stilted they are. Many scenes are simply of people standing and doing things such as talking or shaking hands. There are some action scenes, but these too are surprisingly static -- nothing like what was common in American magazines by the 1903s and later.
This was not a purely Paget thing. My recollection of American story illustrations made at around the same time is that they were staged pretty much the same way. Possibly this was influenced by printing technology in the form of line cuts -- what was common until the later 1800s. But by 1900 printing technology had advanced, and Paget did some Holmes illustrations in watercolor or perhaps ink washes. These also look pretty static.
Apparently readers had been trained to expect this kind of art in magazines.