Celebration Quotation – March 28, 2016

Today’s quote is from Antony and Cleopatra:

"Make not your thoughts your prison." Antony and Cleopatra, Act V, Scene 2

The image of Octavius Caesar, is a drawing by artist Sylvester Harding (1745-1809.)  It was published in 1775.  We we’re intrigued by a note on the print – “from a coin in Dr. Hunter’s Museum.”  We did a little digging and discovered two 18th century Scottish brothers – William Hunter and John Hunter. Both were physicians and teachers, and both amassed huge personal collections of medical specimens.  John Hunter – now considered to be the “father of modern surgery” left his collection to the Royal College of Surgeons in London, and some of it can still be viewed there today. His elder brother William founded what is now known as the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow in Scotland to house his collection. William’s collection was more eclectic than his brother’s – in addition to scientific specimens, it also included a huge art collection, as well as artifacts from ancient Greece and Rome – including, presumably, the coin that was the inspiration for this drawing.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection