As a young student, Moses Pendleton presented his thesis on Percy Shelly’s “Ode to a Skylark” in the Wren Room, an ornately decorated, wood paneled area on the first floor of the library at Dartmouth. Before Professor Finch, Pendleton re-enacted Shelly’s creation of the poem for he believed that a true portrait of an artist can emerge from an understanding of their artistic process. Amid the recitations of verse he crumpled paper and moved with purpose as he constructed his portrait of Shelly. Once the poem was completed, Pendleton opened up the window, extended his arms as if they were wings and jumped out. When he returned, his professor said with astonishment that he had nothing to compare it to and Pendleton received an A.
Photo image: (c) moses pendleton photograph of the photograph within the gallery for media purposes of the event only. not for reproduction.