Windows and Aphorisms

exterior window The Fisher Fine Arts Library building features several interior and exterior windows adorned with pithy sayings from the works of Shakespeare and ancient Greek and Latin, designed to inspire scholars using the space.

Most of these aphorisms were selected by Horace Howard Furness (1865-1930), older brother of Frank Furness, the building's architect. H.H. Furness was a renowned Shakespeare scholar and Penn lecturer, and, as chair of the library finance committee, largely responsible for hiring his brother to design the library.

An addition to the library was built in his memory in 1931 to house his extensive Shakespeare book collection. This addition later became the Arthur Ross Gallery, and the collection was moved to its own space in Van Pelt Library. Click on the different areas of the library to the right for more information about each window.