Celebration Quotation – March 18, 2016

Today’s post is from Richard III:

"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York." Richard III, Act I, Scene 1

The image is a drawing of actor Richard Mansfield (1857-1907) in the role of Gloucester (later Richard III.)  Mansfield was an English actor-manager who found success both on the London stage and on Broadway.


Mansfield was briefly considered a suspect in the infamous Jack the Ripper murders.  He was in London at the time of the killings, playing the title role in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.  One theatre-goer wrote to the police that Mansfield could not have played the role of Hyde so convincingly without being a homicidal maniac in real life.

The drawing – made sometime in the late 19th century  is credited to artist/journalist David Edward Cronin.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection