Julian Heward Bell

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Julian Heward Bell, by Helen Morris (née Souter), April 1930 - NPG x136467 -

Julian Heward Bell

by Helen Morris (née Souter)
postcard print, April 1930
4 3/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. (120 mm x 71 mm) overall
Given by Peter Stansky, 2012
Photographs Collection
NPG x136467


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  • Julian Heward Bell (1908-1937), Poet; son of Vanessa Bell and Clive Bell. Sitter in 8 portraits.

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In 1929 Julian embarked on two-year affair with Helen Souter. She was an undergraduate of Girton College, reading English. He wrote to her: 'You are infinitely more important to me than anything else in the world or ever has been' and about her 'Helen and I are established at Charleston in a rather Wordsworthian state of rural bliss, recovering from Cambridge and tripos.' In 1933 she married Christopher Morris, a History don at King's College, and became a teacher of English at Homerton College, Cambridge. Souter wrote on the back of the photograph of Julian: 'We went a walk near Hilton - past the maze and on through fields'.

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