Indiana University Bloomington

It appears I just got a facelift

Nancy Barnes

In the mid-'70s, at the request of Roy Hope, who is Henry Hope's son, I was commissioned to do a drawing of Herman Wells. The arrangements were made so that Dr. Wells could continue to work behind his desk while I drew him. I was really nervous — I was very young at the time — and bringing my supplies over to Owen Hall, I forgot to bring a drop cloth to cover the floor where I was working. So, while I was working, I tried to keep all the bits of charcoal and eraser shavings to one side of the drawing board. After about an hour and a half of working, Dr. Wells wanted to see my efforts, and so without thinking I picked up the drawing and I showed him, and all this debris came tumbling on his beautiful Persian rug. I was hoping that since he was such an old guy, that he hadn't seen it. But instead, he said, "Well, it appears I just got a facelift, or my rug just got a downpour." I thought that was cute.

From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000:, March 22, 2000

Thanks to the Bloomington Herald-Times for allowing Digital Wells to publish these excerpts from their archive.