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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: Royal Mail stamps featuring the orchid 'Vanda Rothschildiana', 1993

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

Royal Mail stamps featuring the orchid 'Vanda Rothschildiana', named after Lionel Walter, 2nd Lord Rothschild (1868-1937) who amassed the largest collection of taxonomic specimens ever assembled by one individual.

Lionel Walter, 2nd Lord Rothschild

Walter’s interest in natural history began when he was a child, collecting butterflies, and as a child, Walter knew exactly what he wanted to do when he grew up, announcing at the age of seven, 'Mama, Papa, I am going to make a museum...'. By the time he was ten, Walter had enough natural history objects to start his first museum, in a garden shed. His collection was to expand, forming the raw material for the publication of over 800 scientific papers and the description of several hundred previously unknown species, many described in his own periodical 'Novitates Zoologicae', published for 45 years. Walter's Zoological Museum at Tring, now the Natural History Museum Tring survives as a legacy of this remarkable collection.

The Vanda Rothschildiana

This beautiful orchid with violet-blue flowers, chequered with darker markings, was originally developed by Chassaing, the head-gardener at Château de Ferrières, Paris in 1931 and was named in honour of Walter, 2nd Lord Rothschild. In 1993 the orchid featured as one of a series of stamps circulated by the Royal Mail.

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Lionel Walter Rothschild as a young boy with his butterfly net

Lionel Walter Rothschild as a young boy with his butterfly net

Vanda Rothschildiana Royal Mail 33p stamp

Vanda Rothschildiana Royal Mail 33p stamp