Period: To England

Ford Madox Ford Ford Madox Ford
painted in Sussex, England, c. 1920
oil on canvas 35.5 x 25.6 cm
not signed, not dated
private collection

The writer Ford Herman Hueffer (1873–1939) joined the British Army in 1915. In 1916, his battalion took part in the battle of the Somme; he was injured during the heavy shelling and left with a permanently drooping lower lip.

He and Bowen met in 1917 and started corresponding in October when he was stationed at Redcar in Yorkshire. He was almost twenty years her senior.

In 1919 Hueffer changed his name to Ford Madox Ford, by which name he is now remembered. He published his major work of fiction, Parade’s end (sometimes called, after its hero, the "Tietjens" tetralogy), in four parts between 1924 and 1928. But Ford thought his novel The good soldier (1915) to be his finest achievement; he dedicated the 1928 edition of this work to Bowen.