Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Together from 1915 to 1943: 28 years.
Marguerite "John" Radclyffe-Hall (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1943)
Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge, born Margot Elena Gertrude Taylor (March 8, 1887 – September 24, 1963)
thumb|Mabel Batten as a young woman
'''Mabel Veronica Hatch Batten''' (1856-1916) was a well-known amateur singer of lieder.
She was born Mabel Hatch in a well-connected family.<ref name="Hamer" />
She studied in Dresden and Bruges, harmony and composition.<ref name="androom" />
thumb|left|Mrs. George Batten Singing by [[John Singer Sargent]]
She was a leading "patroness of music and the arts, mezzo-soprano and composer" of drawning rooms songs.<ref name="Hamer" /> One of her best composition was the setting of "The Queen's Last Ride" by the poem of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. She was an accomplished singer, pianist and guitar player.<ref name="Brown" />
thumb|Mabel Batten at the time of her relationship with Radclyffe Hall
In 1874 she married George Batten, secretary to the Viceroy of India.<ref name="Hamer">cite book|last1=Hamer|first1=Emily|title=Britannia's Glory: A History of Twentieth Century Lesbians|date=2016|publisher=Bloomsbury Publishing|page=94|url=https://books.google.it/books?id=2UrqDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA94|accessdate=28 September 2017</ref> They had one daughter, the painter and film maker Lady Cara Harris.<ref name="androom" /> Cara Harris's daughter was Honey Harris, friends with Dolly Wilde, and Honey Harris's daughter is Cara Lancaster.
In the 1880s she had a relationship with Wilfred Scawen Blunt.<ref name="androom" />
She was friends with composer Adela Maddison who, in 1893, dedicated her "Deux Melodies" to her.<ref name="androom" /> She was also friends with composer Ethel Smyth.<ref name="Brown" />
From 1906 she was friends with Toupie Lowther and her brother Claude Lowther. In 1913 Batten and Hall visited the Lowthers at Claude's Herstmonceux Castle.<ref name="Brown">cite book|last1=Brown|first1=Val|title=Toupie Lowther: Her life|date=2017|publisher=Troubador Publishing Ltd|page=57|url=https://books.google.it/books?id=4qk1DwAAQBAJ&pg=PA57|accessdate=28 September 2017</ref>
On August 22, 1907, at Bad Homburg, a spa in Germany, Mabel Batten met Radclyffe Hall. Batten was 51 years old and Hall was 27. When Batten was a widow, she went to live with Hall in Cadogan Square.<ref name="Hamer" /> Batten, nicknamed Ladye, gave the name John to Hall, which Hall used for the rest of her life.
In 1915 Hall met Batten's cousin Una Troubridge (1887–1963). When Batten died the following year, Troubridge took care of a defeated Hall and in 1917 they went to live together.
Batten is buried at Highgate Cemetery in London, and Hall chose to be buried at the entrance of the crypt.<ref name="androom">cite web|title=Batten, Mabel Veronica|url=https://androom.home.xs4all.nl/biography/p011347.htm|accessdate=28 September 2017</ref>
Mabel Batten's portraits were taken by John Singer Sargent and Edward John Poynter.<ref name="androom" />
Category/Burials at Highgate Cemetery
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