Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
– David Hume
There is an exhibition based upon this statement and celebrating the life of David Hume currently showing at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh University.
But who was Talbot Rice?
David Talbot Rice was in British Military Intelligence during World War II. Before and after the war he held the Chair of Fine Art (how quaint these titles are) at the University of Edinburgh.
He established an Honours degree at the university combining art history and hands-on studio art and it was his ambition to have an arts centre in the University and this was opened following his death in 1972.
Note to self to see the exhibition.