The Grand Staircase At Seaford House

NOTES? The Royal Janitor

Day before yesterday, I composed (in my head) how Serena Weldon met her second husband, Commodore Sir Alfred Arthur Ainsworth, at Seaford House. He is the Commodore of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. It was love at first sight when she saw him come down the grand staircase that was used in the movie S.O.S. Titanic. This morning, as I took my place before my computer with my large coffee, I followed a hunch. I googled the passenger list for the Titanic. I had been puzzled why Rena was afraid of the sea, and, why she married Sir Ian Easton, a Admiral in the British Navy who captained several aircraft carriers. He was twenty years her senior. They lived on the Isle of Wight where Ian raced yachts. Did Rena go sailing with Ian, or, did she stay at home watching him from the Widow’s Walk with a spyglass? How Gothic!

My search fell upon Ethel Flora Fortune, and I thought my search was over. What a interesting story! But, I got no psychic hit. I went down the list, and clicked on Dorothy Gibson, the muse of the commercial artist, Harrison Fisher, who is the precursor of the commercial artist, Christine Rosamond Benton! I have titled Rena, Rosamond’s muse.

They made a movie about Dorothy’s Titanic adventure that got burned up. She was the Titanic Poster Girl. She was a world famous actress. One blogger suggests her story would make a great movie! Why has no producer come forth? One possibility is, Dorothy was suspected to be a Nazi Sympathizer. I have all but accused Rena of this. Considering Hollywood was, and still is, controlled by Jews, this movie could not be made. However, I will run it past Peter Czernin, and his London crowd. How can the sins of a past life be carried over to the present?

There is a scene from S.O.S. that was cutout. It depicts a beautiful and grand Lesbian, or, bisexual, seducing her young maid. Rena speaks of a dark past. Did Serena fall in with the kinky crowd, who got a hold of this scene she filmed when she was just sixteen? She had hopped a train for Hollywood, and lied about her age. She wanted to earn money acting in order to pay her grandmother back. She had not yet come into her beauty, like Rena did at seventeen. At seventeen, Serena joins the Waves, and was assigned to Naval Intelligence where she read the book that changed her life ‘The Trojan Mirage’ by Kilgorke Troytski.

My other wonderment, is, why did Rena go to L.A. if not to be discovered by Hollywood? She flirts with her past life, as if there is a desire to duplicate it, and correct what went wrong. Perhaps she should have married Fraser, the Bohemian, and not that famous producer? Dorothy is all but forgotten. I will bring her back to the silver screen!

It appears she was exploited by Brulatour who invented the Newsreel (CNN)  and enriched himself from this tragedy that affected many, including Dorothy who had a mental breakdown. Why do so many muses develop mental illness? She looks medicated in the photo of her pointing to the cheap cut-out of the Titanic. Opioids? However, there is a rumor the Titanic never sank. This article does not mention Gibson who says she stayed up late after the crew asked her, and some gentleman she was with, to retire. If the sinking was staged, then you would want a good witness, and a man with a movie camera to show the world her story. Have other’s found holes in her story, and thus, no life story?

But, what about Gwen, the sculptress? More than one muse can occupy a soul in the present, because their are not too many creative people in the world. I might reincarnate the Captain of the Titanic in some form. Surely he would want to come back and right  wrong. But more than that, he would have a powerful desire to save people – many people! Was there a Casandra on board, that tried to get Captain Smith – to believe her? Did Rena marry Captain Ian in order to alter the past? Did Smith………….survive? Why was he allowed to captain the Titanic after he severely damaged the Olympic? Would you get on the next ship he captained?

Back to that grand staircase. Such staircases are portals in time. Many professionals believe Czar Von Trumpster is steering the Ship of State on to the rocks. There is talk of a third world war. He just congratulated Emperor Putiniski for winning a rigged election.

Wait! What is that? I hear violin music on deck!

Jon Presco

Copyright 2018

Harrison Fisher (July 27, 1875 or 1877 – January 19, 1934) was an American illustrator.

Fisher was born in Brooklyn, New York City and began to draw at an early age. Both his father and his grandfather were artists.[1] Fisher spent much of his youth in San Francisco, and studied at the San Francisco Art Association. In 1898, he moved back to New York and began his career as a newspaper and magazine illustrator.[1] He became known particularly for his drawings of women, which won him acclaim as the successor of Charles Dana Gibson.[1] Together with fellow artists Howard Chandler Christy and Neysa McMein, he constituted the Motion Picture Classic magazine’s, “Fame and Fortune” contest jury of 1921/1922, who discovered the It-girl, Clara Bow.[2] Fisher’s work appeared regularly on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine from the early 1900s until his death.

In addition to his position with Kodak and his presidency of the Sales Company, Jules Brulatour launched the Animated Weekly newsreel series and co-founded Peerless Pictures.[3] He was also an advisor and producer for the French-based Eclair Film Company, which opened in 1911 an extensive, state-of-the-art studio at Fort Lee, New Jersey, then the center of the burgeoning American movie industry. Eclair was a leader in technical and artistic advancements afoot in filmmaking at the time, and its American branch was hailed as a mecca for top talent, which Brulatour helped cultivate.[4] In fact, its first leading lady, Dorothy Gibson, already well known as a model for leading illustrator Harrison Fisher, not only became a big star in Eclair vehicles but she landed the married Brulatour as a boyfriend.[5]

Dorothy Gibson, the second Mrs. Jules Brulatour

His mistress proved herself a marketable screen personality, especially as a comedian in such popular one-reelers as Miss Masquerader (1911) and Love Finds a Way (1912). But her best-known role was that of herself in the drama Saved From the Titanic (1912), based on her real-life experiences as a survivor of the famous maritime disaster.[6] The movie, produced by Brulatour, was the first of many cinematic and theatrical productions about the sinking. It was released May 16, 1912, just over a month after the Titanic went down. Brulatour also produced the first newsreel about the Titanic disaster (Animated Weekly, issue No. 7, released April 22, 1912).[7]

In 1914 Brulatour funded the construction of larger studios for Peerless Pictures at Fort Lee as well as the rebuilding of Eclair’s processing laboratory, storage vault and offices, which had burned, destroying negatives for almost all the firm’s films made over the last three years.

Throughout 1915–1916, while his girlfriend appeared with moderate success in Metropolitan Opera House productions, Brulatour was promoted to the presidency of the Eastman Kodak Company. He also helped form another studio at Fort Lee, Paragon Films, for which he built a large facility specifically for the on-site production of Eastman stock.

By 1917 Jules Brulatour was a very rich man, reportedly worth several million dollars, and he was increasingly powerful politically.[11] That year he was appointed to the executive committee of the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry. Brulatour chiefly conferred with the group’s War Cooperation Subcommittee, which networked with the US government for the promotion of public welfare and propaganda films.[12]

It is believed that his sudden high profile in Washington, D.C. determined him to legitimize his relationship with Dorothy Gibson, whom he finally married on July 6, 1917, a week before his first conference with President Woodrow Wilson and United States Treasury Department Secretary McAdoo.

The next year Jules Brulatour was invited to join the film division of President Wilson’s Committee of Public Information, but this appointment was less fruitful. Arguments and financial troubles arose almost immediately, and allegations flew of undue influence from media baron William Randolph Hearst and even of bribes from Brulatour; nothing was proven but he resigned under pressure.

Royal College of Defence Studies 

The Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) is the senior college of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

We provide the capstone to the strategic education of those officers of the Armed Forces and equivalent civil servants who have the potential to reach the highest ranks and who must therefore understand and be comfortable working at the strategic level in a cross-government and international environment. The College was established in 1927, originally as the Imperial Defence College, in accordance with Winston Churchill’s vision of promoting greater understanding between senior military officers, diplomats, civil servants and officials.

College organisation


The Commandant of the College is normally a 3-star military officer or civilian equivalent, currently Sir Tom Phillips KCMG. The Senior Directing Staff (SDS) are senior serving and retired officers and officials drawn from the UK Armed Forces, Civil Service, and Diplomatic Service. They provide mentoring and academic supervision to RCDS Course Members with the assistance of professors from King’s College London.  They also develop the content of the RCDS Course and lead specific elements. Supporting the Commandant and SDS, under the Chief of Staff are a team of support staff who manage the daily programme, coordinate visits, oversee the recruitment of new Members and the alumni, provide IT support, information management and library services, and maintenance of the estate. 

College Members


An RCDS course usually consists of 90-100 Members from the UK and overseas. The UK Members are drawn from the Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force as well as the Ministry of Defence. Other government departments also attend and Members have been drawn from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Department for International Development, Cabinet Office and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories as well as different police constabularies in recent years. 

Overseas Members join RCDS from some 50 countries each year on the basis of invitations sent by the UK Ministry of Defence through diplomatic channels. The majority of Members are from the Armed Forces, with the remaining Members being diplomats, civil servants, or police officers. Private sector and non-governmental organisation participation is also welcomed in the interests of broadening the base of experience and gaining wider perspectives. Nominees will already be in positions of responsibility and they will be selected on the basis of their potential to reach the highest ranks in their parent organisation, either as top decision-makers or as a strategic adviser.  Most military Members are of OF5/OF6 rank (Colonel/Brigadier) although a small number of more senior, and occasionally junior, officers are also present.  Civilian Members will be of an equivalent grade or status. 

All Members should be fluent in the English language. Those who do not speak English as their first language must begin the course with a score of at least 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System scale. An intensive six week refresher package of English language training is available prior to the main course for those who need it. The College also provides English classes once per week for Members from September to December.

Since 2009, the following countries have sent their senior officers and officials to study at Seaford House:

RCDS programme

The Royal College of Defence Studies is a world-renowned institution committed to developing strategic thinkers and leaders.

In an international environment, which provides perspectives and insights from around the world, we seek to inspire study, stimulate thinking and stir debate on contemporary strategic issues. Our aim is to prepare graduates who understand the strategic context, are skilled in analysis and able to work intuitively across national, cultural and ideological boundaries to lead on or contribute to developing strategy at the highest level.

The RCDS course is a post-graduate-level course in international strategic studies, focusing on political, diplomatic, security, social and economic issues at the grand strategic level – the level at which governments take decisions on these issues both nationally and within the international community. Issues are analysed for their implications in terms of strategy and leadership. The focus of study on the main course is practical rather than theoretical.

The RCDS mission is:

To prepare selected senior military officers and government officials as well as appropriate individuals from the private sector, from the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for senior leadership and management roles. We do this by developing strategic understanding and the capacity for strategic thinking through rigorous analysis of:

  • the international security agenda
  • the levers that provide for security, stability and prosperity
  • the key tenets of leadership at the national strategic level

Course outcome: at the conclusion of the course our aspiration is that:

The RCDS graduate understands the international strategic context, is skilled in analysis and able to work intuitively across national, cultural and ideological boundaries to lead or contribute to developing strategy at the highest level.”

If you require further information about the RCDS course please contact us via the enquiry form.

Seaford House, originally called Sefton House, at 37 Belgrave Square is an aristocratic mansion in London, England. It is the largest of the three detached houses which occupy three corners of Belgrave Square in the district of Belgravia.[1] Seaford House is a white stucco building with four main stories.

Dated 1842, it was designed by Philip Hardwick for the Earl of Sefton.[2] Seaford House and its railings and gate piers have been listed Grade II* for their architectural merit.[3]

In 1902, Sefton House was remodeled for Lord Howard de Walden, who was also Baron Seaford. It was at this time that it became known as Seaford House. Howard de Walden had a marble staircase, friezes and paneling installed.[4] It is now the home of Royal College of Defence Studies, and is usually open to the public free of charge on Open House Weekend each September.

The main vestibule of the Seaford House was used as Titanics Grand Staircase in the 1979 miniseries SOS Titanic and later stood in as the exterior of the home of Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s character Nessa Stein in the BBC and SundanceTV television miniseries The Honourable Woman in 2014.

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