Celebration Quotation – February 17, 2016

Today’s quote is from The Merchant of Venice:

"The quality of mercy is not strain'd; It droppeth as a gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath." The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene 3

The image is a portrait by artist William Hatherall of actress Violet Vanbrugh (1867-1942) in a production of the play from the late 19th or early 20th century.    Her elder sister Irene was also an actress, and the two frequently appeared on stage together.  Her professional stage career spanned more than 50 years.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection