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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

The Hobday and the Tapestry

The present New Court, home of the Rothschild business and The Rothschild Archive London, contains a number of important works of art with Rothschild family connections. Two of the most enduring are the 'Hobday' and the 'Tapestry'.

Since the early 1960s, visitors to New Court have been greeted by two works of art: a painting and a tapestry. Familiar to many long-standing members of staff and clients, these iconic pieces have found pride of place in both the third New Court building and the current New Court, where they may be seen hanging side by side in the windows that face onto St Swithin's Lane.

There have been Rothschilds at New Court since 1809 when Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) the Frankfurt born financier arrived from Manchester to establish his banking business. New Court was rebuilt in the 1860s by Nathan's sons, and again in the 1960s by a later generation of Rothschilds. The present building was erected betwen 2008 and 2011. 

The 'Hobday'

This large oil painting (113 x 138 inches) by W.A. Hobday shows Nathan Mayer Rothschild and his family. It is believed to have been commissioned by Nathan c.1821, and hung at his home in Stamford Hill, and later at his estate at Gunnersbury Park, now in west London. It is not known when the painting first arrived at New Court, but for many years it hung in the General Office in the second New Court building. When the third New Court building was opened in 1965, it was hung to the right of the seating area in the main foyer. See A family Portrait in The Rothschild Archive Annual Review 2006-2007 for more information about this painting.

The Brussels Tapestry

The tapestry (signed ‘Borght’) is an 18th Century (circa 1730-1741) Brussels tapestry depicting the story told in the Old Testament, Numbers 20:8-12, of Moses striking a rock in the desert to bring forth water for the thirsty Israelites, fleeing from Egypt. The Tapestry was brought to New Court in the 1960s by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, where it was displayed behind the reception desk in the marble foyer. 

Please note that the Hobday and the Tapestry are not publicly accessible, although they may be viewed from St Swithin's Lane.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild and his family by Hobday c.1821

Nathan Mayer Rothschild and his family by Hobday c.1821

The 18th century 'Brussels Tapestry' on display behind the reception desk in the third New Court

The 18th century 'Brussels Tapestry' on display behind the reception desk in the third New Court