Celebration Quotation – February 25, 2016

Today’s quote is from Measure for Measure:

"But man, proud man, Dressed in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured..." Measure for Measure, Act II, Scene 2

This quote seems particularly timely – there are certainly a few political candidates who fit this description!

The image is portrait of British actress Mary Ann Yates (1728-1787) in the role of Isabella, published in 1776.  Yates was a very popular tragedienne – and her own life was not without drama.  If you want to know more about her, check out The Story of a Diva: Mary Ann Yates, Forgotten Actress from author Susan Ardelie’s wonderfully entertaining history blog.

The artist – James Roberts (1753-1809) – was well-known for his portraits of actors.    You can find a gallery of some of his works at the website for Britain’s National Portrait Gallery.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection