Celebration Quotation – April 12, 2016

Today’s quote is from Twelfth Night:

"The whirligig of time brings in his revenges." Twelfth Night, Act V, Scene 1

We love the concept of Time as a “whirligig.”

 

The image is from a watercolor painting by artist John Massey Wright (1777-1876).  Wright was well known for his illustrations of scenes from Shakespeare.  He was also no stranger to the theatre, as he was sometimes employed as a scenic artist.  See more of his paintings here at ArtUK.org.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

Celebration Quotation – April 11, 2016

Today’s quotation is from Timon of Athens:

"We are born to do benefits." Timon of Athens, Act I, Scene 2

Although Timon is not one of our favorite plays, we like this line – it’s a good reminder that the best measure of your life is not what you have, but what you give to others.

The illustration is an engraving of a work by artist Henry Howard (1769-1847) – it was published in 1802.  Howard was known for his portraits, as well as for his paintings of classic themes in history and literature.  You can find examples of his gorgeous work here at ArtUK.org.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

Celebration Quotation – April 10, 2016

Today’s quote is from Romeo and Juliet:

"Is love a tender thing?It is too rough, too rude, too bois'trous, and it pricks like thorn." Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 4

The image is a drawing of actor-manager Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1883-1987).  Forbes-Robertson was considered to be one of the best actors of his generation, and was particularly celebrated for his portrayal of Hamlet.  You can hear an audio clip of him performing Hamlet’s speech to the players here on YouTube.

The drawing – dated 1881 – is signed Matthew Stretch, but we were unable to find much information about the artist.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

Celebration Quotation – April 9, 2016

Today’s quote is from Measure for Measure:

"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt." Measure for Measure, Act I, Scene 4

We love this line – nothing kills an enterprise more quickly than doubt.  How many brilliant inventions have never seen the light of day because the creator didn’t believe in himself – or herself – enough to bring it to fruition?  How many great loves denied because a lover was afraid to speak?  How many works of art have been locked in attics or tossed on the fire because the artist was afraid it wasn’t good enough?

Shakespeare is telling us we need to dare – not just to dream, but to do – and never be afraid of failing.

The image is an engraving of a 19th century daguerrotype of actors Isabella Glyn and William Hoskins in the roles of Isabella and Lucio.  Isabella Glyn (1823-1889) was born in Scotland, and was a noted Shakespearean actress of the Victorian era.  William Hoskins (1816-1886) studied law at Cambridge before turning his talents to acting – he had a successful career on the London stage, then spent the latter part of his life working with theatre companies in Australia and New Zealand.  Hoskins was also known for his skill as an acting teacher, particularly in the art of elocution – the great Henry Irving was one of his pupils.

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Celebration Quotation – April 8, 2016

Today’s quote is from Henry V:

"Men of few words are the best men." Henry V, Act III< Scene 2

Though we appreciate the sentiment in the line, we’re not sure we agree. Shakespeare himself was not a man of few words – for which we are truly thankful!

The portrait of Shakespeare is by caricaturist Thomas Nast (1840-1902).

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

Celebration Quotation – April 7, 2016

Today’s quote is from King Lear:

"Fortune, that errant whore, ne'er turns the key to the poor." King Lear, Act II, Scene 4

The image comes with a bit of a mystery: this drawing (dated 1881) is signed “Smythson” – but the Folger Library could not provide any additional information on the artist – even a first name, and our search of artists with the name Smythson didn’t yield much.

If you can identify the artist and provide links to find out more about him – or her, as the case may be – please pass them along!

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

Celebration Quotation – April 6, 2016

Today’s quote is from Antony & Cleopatra:

"There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned." Antony, Act I, Scene 1

The artwork is an engraving of a painting by British artist and illustrator Henry Warren (1794-1879).  Warren was a member – and for many years president – of Britain’s Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

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Celebration Quotation – April 5, 2016

Today’s quote is from the “Scottish play”:

"Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care." Macbeth, Act II, Scene 2

The image is an engraving of a portrait of actor William Charles Macready (1793-1873) – named after his father (who was also an actor) the younger Macready eclipsed his father’s fame, becoming one of the most celebrated actors of his day.  Macready was greatly admired for his performances of Shakespeare – he is one of the artists credited with restoring King Lear to Shakespeare’s original text. For more than 150 year’s Shakespeare’s Lear been replaced on the English stage by poet Nahum Tate’s The History of King Lear – an adaptation of the play with a happy ending.

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Celebration Quotation – April 4, 2016

Today’s quote is from Henry IV, Part I:

"While you live, tell truth and shame the devil." Henry IV, Act III, Scene 1

The actor in the photo is William Waller Lewis (1860-1915) – a British actor-manager who went by the stage name Lewis Waller.  Waller specialized in playing Shakespeare, but he also had commercial success in the contemporary plays of his day – he originated the role of Robert Chiltern in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.

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Celebration Quotation – April 3, 2016

Today’s quote is from Hamlet:

"This above all: to thine own self be true." Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3

The graphic is a drawing of the character Polonius by French painter and illustrator Georges Clairin (1843-1919.) He was best known for his portraits of actress Sarah Bernhardt – the two were friends for 50 years/

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection