Royal Rose of The World
In the summer of 1970, Rena Christensen and I were ‘The Model Hippie Couple’. In 1972, Christine and John Presco, were ‘The Model Hippie Artists’ as well as ‘The Model Hippie Brother and Sister’. We did not know that Eizabeth Rosemond Taylor was our cousin, and her family was ‘The Model Hippie Family’. For how long we held these titles, needs to be studied because we lived an experimental lifestyle that was violently opposed and oppress by the United States Government. Everyone could be a Hippie, but, can everyone be a ‘Patriot’?. How about a ‘Cowboy’ and ‘Redneck’? Do Rednecks and Patriots want everyone to own this title, and be like them? I don’t think so. These titles are being used to divide our Nation is half, and even launch a new Violent Civil War. Did Hippies as a whole call for the violent overthrow of our Democracy? If so, then Redneck Patriots should consider all surviving Hippies – one with them! Should they embrace our cause and lifestyle?
Above is a photograph of the road to Bullfrog Pond that was atop Our Mountain, I forgot the name of. Rena and I rode this road in my 1950 Dodge Coronet that I named General Eisenhower. We lived in a white canvas tent for forty-five days. Every evening we walked along the trail you see to our place where we watched the sunset. At Peter Shapiro’s house in Oakland I did a large painting of Rena standing on this hill watching the sunset. After I showed Christine a photograph of my painting, she took up art and became the world famous artist ‘Rosamond’. Christine rendered Hippie Chics. She took the photograph of me above in her studio. I was going to be her first male subject.
Nothing else – matters! Rena, Christine, and I – walked the walk!
When Rena and I came down from our mountain, and walked around town, or, on Rio Nido Beach, people looked at us – with awe! We were the Ideal. We were beautiful – beyond belief! We came home with groceries along a one-lane steep road that had high drop-offs. I would look over at Rena and paint a snap image in my mind. Nebraska is flat. Would my old car – make another trip? It does not get any better than this! It would ten million dollars to replicate – our ideal scene!
Bryan MacLean was my good friend in school, and after we dropped out from University High School in Westwood. Bryan dated Christine for several months. The three of us would attend the Monday Night Art Walk on La Cienaga where Andy Warhol had one of his first shows. Our kin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was Andy’s Muse, and our cousin, who asked George MacLean to be the Godfather of her son, Christopher Wilding. George designed Liz’s home where Bryan learned to swim. I did not inform any member of my family we were kin to Liz, because I found out – after my minor child was lured away from me. In truth, she was kidnapped under California Law. I was engaged to get married to Patrice Hanson when she decided she wanted Heather Hanson to be in Tom Snyder’s biography of Christine Rosamond Benton. Tom is a ghost writer hired by Stacey Pierrot, who was sold my families Creative and Artistic Legacy by executor, Sydney Morris, a partner of Robert Brevoort Buck. I opposed this sale, and wanted to keep our legacy that I began – in the family.
Bryan and I sat next to each other in an art class. He watched me paint a watercolor of the Jack London Square Produce Market that was chosen to tour the world in a Red Cross show. Bryan drew Surfer Bunnies, cute surfer girls. One had freckles like he did. I pointed out he did a female version of himself. He retaliated by calling me..
“The painter of trucks!”
Bryan played rhythm guitar for the group ‘Love’ and sang at my wedding. I married Mary Ann Tharaldsen, who lived with Thomas Pynchon. Mary Ann was an artist. There were now three artists in my family. There were four artists in John’s family tree. Ian Fleming is connected. Caspar John was a Sea Lord. That Victor Cazalet was Liz’s Godfather, who visited this Movie Goddess at the house the John family lived in, renders this combined family – National Monuments of two nations. We are related to the Getty Family, who were Anglophiles.
I am going to apply for a grant from the Getty and Melon Foundation. I need help putting this amazing cultural history together, for, we are coming into our own due to the threats from China and Russia. A New Cold War has been launched. I identify Bohemian Writers and Artists as the Main Target of Tyranny. As fate would have it, there is no finer Creative Family than this, that can not only provide good reasons for us to fight, but, can inspire – fighters!
Our kin, Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia in Star Wars – that takes place in the future! You are looking at the roots of Jedi Warriors. Dame Elizabeth Rosemond – has risen – so that she can lead two Nations in Cultural Warfare. This Rose is proof…..we have the right stuff!
President: Royal Rosamond Press Co.
Miss Taylor has decided to sell them through small auction house Chiswick Auctions in West London.
The company’s art consultant Jan Leman was approached by Californian businessman Christopher Wilding – Miss Taylor’s son from her second marriage to actor Michael Wilding.
In an email to the Daily Mail, Mr Wilding said he believes his mother met John when she was six or seven.
Francis Taylor exclusively represented the Welsh painter Augustus John in America, a relationship that had developed when the Taylor family moved into John’s former house in Hampstead, where Elizabeth was born in 1932. The Christie’s sale includes 21 works by John, including Portrait of Poppet in Black Hat, which Elizabeth inherited from her father and, says Bertazzoni, “cherished all her life”.
The Russian military has practiced firing missiles into the Black Sea as vessels of the U.S. Navy and allied and partnered forces entered the strategic waters to conduct joint drills.
“In the course of the exercise, the servicemen practiced the algorithm of measures to deliver missile strikes against a simulated enemy’s warship by electronic launches,” the ministry added.
The training came shortly after the Russian Ministry of Defense announced it was tracking the movements of warships of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands as they joined the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon and other vessels positioned in the Black Sea for Exercise Sea Breeze 2021. This year’s installation of the annual training, led by the U.S. and Ukraine, was set to feature its largest multinational gathering yet.
Early in 1901, John married Ida Nettleship (1877–1907), daughter of the artist John Trivett Nettleship, and a fellow student at the Slade; the couple had five sons. From 1905 until her death in 1907 Ida lived in Paris with John’s mistress Dorothy “Dorelia” McNeill; a Bohemian style icon, she lived with John for the rest of their lives, having four children together, though they never married. One of his sons (by his wife Ida) was the prominent British Admiral and First Sea Lord Sir Caspar John. His daughter with Dorelia, Vivien John (1915–1994), was a notable painter.
By Ian Fleming‘s widowed mother, Evelyn Ste Croix Fleming, née Rose, he had a daughter, Amaryllis Fleming (1925–1999), who became a noted cellist. Another of his sons, by Mavis de Vere Cole, wife of the prankster Horace de Vere Cole, is the television director Tristan de Vere Cole. His son Romilly (1906–1986) was in the RAF, briefly a civil servant, then a poet, author and an amateur physicist. Poppet (1912–1997), John’s daughter by Dorothy, married the Dutch painter Willem Jilts Pol (1905–1988). Willem Pol’s daughter Talitha (1940–1971) by an earlier marriage (i.e. step-granddaughter of both Augustus and Dorothy), a fashion icon of 1960s London, married John Paul Getty Jr.. His daughter Gwyneth Johnstone (1915–2010), by musician Nora Brownsword, was an artist. Augustus John’s promiscuity gave rise to rumours that he had fathered as many as 100 children.
WeHo’s Gallery Row Was Once the Center of L.A. Art
Art historians say that Los Angeles came of age as an art city by the early 1960s. As proof, they point to quintessential New York artist Andy Warhol – because the first one-man exhibition anywhere of his pop art paintings was July, 9, 1962 at a gallery on the edge of the unincorporated community of West Hollywood.
Warhol unveiled all 32 “Campbell Soup Cans” paintings that day at Ferus Gallery, located at 723 N. La Cienega Blvd. The exhibition confirmed that a considerable shift in the cultural landscape was well underway from East Coast angst to West Coast cool. Ferus was an upstart gallery, the first in the Los Angeles area to exclusively feature modern art.
“Ferus injected energy into the scene with Andy Warhol’s first-ever solo show,” the Los Angeles Times said. “Warhol’s appearance helped galvanize a sense that Los Angeles – a new city, steeped in popular culture and shiny materials like plastic – could become a pop art capital.”
Alas I found Bryan Maclean’s father, George. He was a premiere architect for Hollywood Stars. He built the home my kindred, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, lived in, and was Godfather at the Christening of her son, Christopher Wilding. George MacClean was a good friend of Robert Stack, who dated Liz. Bryan said he learned to swim in Liz’s pool. Was this pool located at 1375 Beverly Hills Estate Drive?
George was the quintessential Hollywood-Los Angeles architect. He was Howard Roarke to the rich and famous. His house he built for the Trousdale Estates, is the Acme of Southern California success, that is enjoying a new Renaissance. Add to this the murals Garth Benton did for movie stars, and Christine Rosamond’s artwork, and the fact Bryan and Christine were lovers for two months when we were teenagers, then here is the lifestyle many can only dream of.
Bryan had seen the model I made for the house I designed when I was seventeen. He informed me his father was a famous architect. Bryan’s mother was an artist, as was one of her parents. I wish I knew her maiden name. Elizabeth, George, and Bryan were saved and became evangelicals. George and Bryan removed themselves from the Success Gauntlet.
Christine was married to actor, Rick Partlow, and lived in one of Micky Rooney’s houses. Garth did some acting, and was married to actress Harlee McBride. Tim O’Connor was like a member of our family. His father was a famous actor of the same name.
Michael Wilding was an artist, and thus was the reason Liz married him, in my opinion. Her family were art collectors. She encouraged Michael Jackson to become an artist. Michael Jr. may come out with a Mommy Dearest-like book that inspired the Rosamond Fib that she hid in the closet to paint. Bryan drew Beach Bunnies in our art class. Christine did not show her forbidden artwork to her lover, because this work did not exist.
Liz Taylor championed Gays stricken with AIDS. Her daughter-in-law, Aileen Getty, came down with this fatal disease. The Getty family owns the largest art collection in the world. We are talking about an Artistic Dynasty.
Sometimes I ask what the purpose of this blog is. The more I dig, the more I find. Wait till you see what I found out about Eric Nord.
A memorial celebration of the life of architect George MacLean is scheduled at noon Wednesday at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in West Los Angeles.
MacLean, who designed shopping centers for the public and mansions for film stars, was 68 when he died of cancer Dec. 1 at his ranch near Hemet. He most recently had pulled away from the Los Angeles social scene, said his longtime friend John Green, the composer and conductor.
At Work Developing Land
“George had been living as an evangelical Christian the past 10 years but he was developing estates on his Hemet property,” Green said.
MacLean was the chief architect for Westlake Village in Los Angeles, the Acapulco Princess Hotel and Estates in Mexico and the International Shopping Bazaar in Freeport,
Elizabeth quickly fell in love. What she didn’t know was that the home, which was made of glass and adobe, was designed by architect George MacLean with her in mind. In her book, An Informal Memoir, Elizabeth describes the unique interior: “One whole wall was built of bark with fern and orchids growing up the bark, and the bar was made of stone. And the fireplace had no chimney. There was a device making the smoke go down under the building and out through the barbecue pit.” Elizabeth also recalled that “You really couldn’t distinguish between the outside and inside. And all the colors I loved—off white, white, natural woods, stone, beigy marble. The pool was so beautiful. There were palm trees and rock formations—it looked like a natural pool, with trees growing out of it. It was the most beautiful house I’ve ever seen.” The state of the art home also featured an intercom, automated doors, light dimmers, automated curtains, and a movie screen. The architect later became godfather to Elizabeth’s son, Christopher.
After Elizabeth put the home on the market, Ingrid Berman toured the home as a potential buyer.https://www.youtube.com/embed/vrsHv9eCCk0?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent
Ms. Taylor’s connection to the fight against AIDS grew deeper stillwhen her daughter-in-law Aileen Getty revealed to the woman she called “Mom” that she had contracted HIV in 1984. Far from turning her back on Getty, Taylor grew even more committed to the cause and saving the life of the daughter-in-law she loved and the mother of two of her grandchildren.
“Without the love of Elizabeth Taylor in my life, I would probably be dead — if not physically, most certainly emotionally,” Getty told The Advocate in 2011. “Mom loved me through my shame and held me tight. This can be very difficult: If you do something wrong, sometimes you feel that you want to be scolded or punished for your actions, as opposed to being loved and supported. Mom just loved me.”
Born in Los Angeles in 1947, MacLean drifted towards the music scene and became a roadie for the Byrds. In the mid-Sixties, the tall blond musician would hang out at Ben Frank’s, a 24-hour diner on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. As he recalled on television, “Bobby Jameson, a friend of mine, told me about the audition for the Monkees. He said: `You ought to go down there, you’re what they’re looking for. You’ll make $750 a week.’ That was an enormous amount. But he didn’t tell me that it was comedy,” explained MacLean. “So I went down there being the hip, street- wise guy, gravelling my voice, and it was wrong. Thank God it was the wrong approach. They got the impression I was a seriously drugged- out guy. ”
Bryan MacLean’s mother was an artist and a dancer, and his father was an architect for Hollywood celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Dean Martin. Neighbor Frederick Loewe, of the songwriting team Lerner & Loewe, recognized him as a “melodic genius” at the age of three as he doodled on the piano. His early influences were Billie Holiday and George Gershwin, although he confessed to an obsession with Elvis Presley. During his childhood, he wore out show music records from Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, South Pacific and West Side Story. His first girlfriend was Liza Minnelli and they would sit at the piano together singing songs from The Wizard of Oz. He learned to swim in Elizabeth Taylor‘s pool, and his father’s good friend was actor Robert Stack. Bryan appears in the 1957 Cary Grant film An Affair to Remember singing in the Deborah Kerr character’s music class. Maria McKee is his half sister.
He created homes for such stars as Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Stack and Dean Martin, and he was affiliated for several years with Daniel K. Ludwig, the builder, shipping magnate and financier for whom he designed office buildings and hotels.
MacLean, who studied art and architecture at USC, is survived by his wife, Gene, sons Bryan and Joel, his mother, Lillie, and a brother, Charles.
The boldest-faced celebrities, industrialists and society names in town angled to get the best lots, and competed with each other to hire the most talented architects and in-demand ‘interior decorators’ money could buy. The design review board – headed by society architect Allen Siple – and original covenants dictating 3,000 square foot minimums ensured large, well-designed homes; single-story restrictions ensured they’d spread out forever, while protecting views.
Your neighbors were on TV last night; another one’s on the stereo now.
- Wallace Neff
- Paul R. Williams
- William Sutherland Beckett
- James Dolena
- George MacLean
- Cliff May
- Lloyd Wright
- Lundberg, Armet & Davis
- Allen Siple
- Groucho Marx
- Dinah Shore
- Frank Sinatra
- Barbara Stanwyck
- Sheldon Leonard (Producer/Actor)
- Ralph Edwards (Game Show Producer)
- Charles Skouras
- Max Hoffman (Famed Automotive Importer)
- Isadore Familian (Building Supply Mogul)
Trousdale, who sold gum and advertising before going into real estate, conceived of Trousdale Estates as an exclusive enclave offering residents “a life above it all.” He oversaw a monumental grading project that transformed the scrub-covered hills into 539 lots, precisely stepped to maximize their canyon, city and ocean views.
The 22 drawings and paintings formed part of the sale of Taylor’s artwork at Christie’s, which included works by Van Gogh, Degas and Pissarro.
Earlier this week the three masterpieces fetched a combined £13,787,750, more than double their pre-sale low estimate of £6.2m.
John, whose works sold for a total of £223,263, made his name painting portraits of leading figures of 1920s Britain like Lawrence of Arabia and George Bernard Shaw.
The portrait of Poppet, one of four children John had with second wife Dorothy McNeill, was the most valuable of the artist’s work to feature and sold for £85,250 against an estimate of £40,000 to £60,000.
Tristan de Vere Cole, who along with his mother Mavis was among John’s subjects and a close friend of Poppet’s, described the work as “very like her”.
Mr Cole, 70, who is believed to be the last of many children John fathered outside his two marriages, said: “I wouldn’t put it down as one of his best portraits – it’s in the mid-range.
“The hat, the face and the chair are very good indeed, though I’m not so sure about the fur.”
Taylor’s father Frank lived in John’s Hampstead home after the artist and inherited works left there by the painter.
The works were eventually passed on to the actress. She died last March.
Dr Paul Joyner, head of purchasing at the National Library of Wales, in Aberystwyth, which holds several works by John, described the portrait of Poppet as an “absolute classic”.
Dr Joyner said: “He shows the coyness of the woman and it’s so full of sensuality, which is exactly what you’d expect from a fine Augustus John.
“He’s cut off the figure to really enhance the idea of the elegance of the woman.”
Dr Joyner said the £85,250 paid for the painting, dating from 1935, was a little over the £50,000 to £70,000 normally offered for works by the Tenby-born artist.
But he said the new owner was also paying for the painting’s “provenance” as a work previously owned by Taylor.
He said: “When you’ve got an interesting provenance you’re not just buying a picture – you’re buying a history.
“And when you’ve got a history like that – a beautiful woman having a portrait of another beautiful woman you’ve got something which is worth a lot extra.”
Retired film and television director Mr Cole, who spoke about John’s work at the National Library last year, said his son was planning to bid on a portrait of his mother that sold yesterday for £3,750.
His mother met her future husband, the eccentric prankster and poet William Horace de Vere Cole and John in 1928 at the Café Royal on Regent Street, in London.
Her marriage to the poet in 1930 was to be the beginning of an impressive social career as a “bright young thing” that saw her become John’s mistress four years later.
Taylor’s father was an art dealer with a gallery in Bond Street, London, who established a close relationship with the Welsh artist.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walesonline.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fwales-news%2Faugustus-johns-paintings-owned-liz-2035629&cre=bottom&cip=27&view=web
After relocating to California during the war, he opened an art gallery at the Château Elysée, but quickly moved it to the more impressive Beverly Hills Hotel.
There stars like Howard Duff, Vincent Price, James Mason, Alan Ladd, Hedda Hopper and Greta Garbo could be found picking art for their own collections.
Howard Taylor and I are cousins. He is kin to Ian Fleming, Thomas Pynchon, Christine Rosamond, and the Getty family.
John Presco 007
Taylor Camp was a small settlement established in the spring of 1969 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. It covered an area of 7 acres (2.8 ha) and at its peak it had a population of 120. It began with thirteen hippies seeking refuge from the ongoing campus riots and police brutality in the United States. They were arrested for vagrancy but Howard Taylor, brother of movie star Elizabeth, bailed them out of jail and invited them to settle on a beachfront property he owned.https://www.youtube.com/embed/PJRO0qTlqDg?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent
“Will Bohemia arise in Oakland,” was the question asked in an article in the Oakland Tribune on April 22, 1917. The reporter told of the formation of an artist’s club of the East Bay with a membership of more than 30 painters, sculptors and art students including Selden Gile, William H. Clapp and William A. Gaw (1891-1973).”
There is a chance the Victorian Mary Ann Tharaldsen and I lived in on Miles Avenue was brought around the Cape, and may be one of the portable houses my kindred brought to California in 1848. Two of these homes are the oldest in San Francisco and look very similar to the one that may have been moved to Miles, raised up, and a first floor apartment built beneath. Several of these homes were built in Belmont that the Jankes co-founded, one of them becoming the home of William Ralston ‘The Man who built San Francisco’ after it was remodeled by Count Leonetto.
Above is a photograph taken outside the Glen’s church in Topanga Canyon. I have just got married to Maryanne Thoraldson. Bryan Maclean, my best friend at University High School, sang during the ceremony. We are singing Amazing grace. Bryan and I have given up alcohol and drugs when this picture was taken. This is my first attempt at sobriety. I have twenty four years of being clean and sober.Bryan was the lead guitarist for the rock group Love that had a powerful influence on Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Morrison. Thier first album that came out in 1965, was a stepping stone. Bryan had taught me how to play the guitar, and turned me on to marijuana atop a high and windy hill in L.A. We were the artists in residence at Uni High. Bryan drew sexy surfer girls that were the forerunner of the Rosamond Women my late sister would become famous for. Christine Rosamond, and Bryan Maclean, were lovers. Christine’s funeral fell on her first sober birthday. She died clean and sober and was just beginning to turn her life around.
In 1965 I attended a party at the Zorthian Ranch with my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren (whose grandmother owned the recipe for Nancy’s Yogurt) and Barry and Seyburn Zorthian, the daughter’s of the artist, Jirayr H. Zorthian, who was influenced by Thomas Hart Benton. Thomas is the cousin of the muralist, Garth Benton who married my late sister, the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton. These four women and myself would live in a commune in San Fancisco, our rent paid by Betty Zorthian, the heiress of the William’s Shave fortune. Seyburn is an artist.Zorthian and I discussed art up in his studio while beautiful young L.A. Godesses soared on the trampoline to ‘Gloria’.
We also partied at Betty’s mansion in Pasadena where she kept horses. We dropped LSD that was legal at the time. I did a psychedelic cowboy shoot-out routine with Toby Zorthian’s gun he had for quick-draw lessons he was taking. I did the slow-mo-draw, where the bullet would come out of the barrel real slow, and do very curious things on the way to a cosmic target where it was swallowed up in a parallel universe. I had folks in stiches in my peace-time play on a deadly weapon turned into an instrument of Cosmic Love!
Nancy dated Stanely Augustus Owlsley, and with Christine, they went on a date with Nick Sands who was also a manufacturer of LSD.
Jirayr Zorthian was the Grand Marshall of the Doo Day Parade that may have inspired the Eugene Celebrations Parade. The New Los Angeles Folk Festival reminds me of the Eugene Folk Festival. Our Mayor should declare Altadena our Sister City and conduct a culture swap. Hip folks could stay in L.A. while those folks stay in Eugene.