Juliette Huxley, nee Baillot (1896 - 1994)
She was born in Auvernier, Switzerland, daughter of Alphonse Baillot, a building solicitor and Mélanie Antonia Baillot. At the age of 19, Juliette left for England, applying for a position as a governess, she was hired by lady Ottoline Morrell. For two years, Juliette lived and worked at Garsington Manor, the Morrell's stately home outside Oxford, where Ottoline entertained the lively circle of Bloomsbury writers and artists, among them Bertram Russell, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, Dora Carrington, Vita Sackville-West and the Huxley brothers Aldous and Julian. Juliette married Julian in 1919. The young couple soon realize that what they yearned and needed was an open relationship, both agreed in having others partners.
In 1936 Juliette's life would change forever. Julian had met a young writer, her name was May Sarton.
At first Sarton shared a love affair with Julian, biologist and then Director of the London Zoo. It was through this affair that Sarton grew to realize her real passion was reserved for women, as she explained to Julian in a letter: "... There is a part of me perhaps the writing part that needs a woman as a man needs a woman... However much one loves there are things one can't do against one's own spirit." It was the writing part of her, the poet, who fell in love with Juliette. Juliette became Sarton's muse as poetry flowed from her pen. Their relation intense and powerful as it was, was also fullfied with fears and misunderstanding, which eventually dictated a twenty-seven years separation.
The intervening years of silence had not destroyed the love Sarton held for Juliette. In her final days, May Sarton wrote to Juliette: "... I would have race through the years to meet you at the other end." #maysarton #juliettehuxley #lgbt #vintagelesbians #vintagelove #bloomsburygroup