Celebration Quotation – February 12, 2016

Today’s quote comes from Julius Caesar – though the line is in reference to the character of Brutus:

"His life was gentle, and the elements so mix'd in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world 'this was a man!'" Julius Caesar. Act V, Scene 5

The image is an engraving of a drawing of actor-manager Charles Kemble (1775-1854).  A member of the famous Kemble acting dynasty, Kemble and his siblings – including  John Philip Kemble, Stephen Kemble, and Sarah Siddons – all had successful careers in the theatre, as did his daughter Fanny Kemble.  Charles was one of the first theatre managers to mount productions of Shakespeare with historically accurate sets and costumes, and his costume here looks very Roman, indeed!

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection