Celebration Quotation – April 25, 2016

As we wind down our final week of not Shakespeare Celebration project (our last post will be May 1), here’s a quote from King Lear:

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear, Act I, Scene 4

The image is a portrait of the great actor manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) in the role of Lear, circa 1861. Irving was the first actor ever to be knighted. He began acting at the age of 18, and his career lasted nearly 50 years – he performed right up to the day of his death.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection