Period: Inner worlds

Julia Madox Ford Julia Madox Ford
drawn in Paris, 1927
coloured crayon with pencil on paper 45.3 x 28.6 cm
Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Esther Julia Madox Ford, Bowen’s only child, was born on 29 November 1920. After her parents’ separation in 1928, Julia was cared for primarily by Bowen, but she regularly saw her father and spent summers with him and his partner Janice Biala, a Polish-American painter. Julia had a bohemian French upbringing and when she returned to England with her mother in 1933, spoke “nothing but French”.

Julia became a theatre designer, married Roland Loewe, a documentary filmmaker, and settled in California. She died of cancer on 26 December 1985.