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Sources for business history

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 New Court Vitrine: Lalique trophy, 'La Perla del Mediterraneo' 1907, and photographic equipment of Lionel de Rothschild c.1910

The New Court Vitrine, curated by The Rothschild Archive, recalls the cases of treasures and cabinets of curiosity that graced the great Rothschild houses.

Lalique trophy, 'La perla del mediterraneo' 1907 and photographic equipment c.1910. These objects reflect some of the private interests of  Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1882-1942).

Lionel Nathan de Rothschild

A Partner at New Court from 1915, Lionel became Senior Partner in 1923. Lionel's primary passion was horticulture, describing himself as 'a banker by hobby but a gardener by profession'. In 1919 he purchased the Exbury estate where he created his famous rhododendron gardens.

As a young  man, speed was a thrill. With his friend, the Hon. John Scott-Montagu Lionel entered the 1905 challenge for the Harmsworth Trophy, a powerboat racing prize. In 1907 the pair won the prestigious 'Perla del Mediterraneo' in Lionel’s boat the Flying Fish. The gold and pearl trophy was designed by René Lalique (1860-1945), the famous French jeweller and glass designer.

Lionel was also an early pioneer of the autochrome, the first widely available colour photographic process, launched in Britain in 1907.    

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