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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: Equine statuette, 20th century

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

Equine statuette, late 20th century. The Rothschilds’ successes with 'the Sport of Kings' helped strengthen their position in a society where Jewish members could often count on an uphill struggle for acceptance.

The English Rothschilds

The English Rothschilds began to own and compete race-horses from the late 1830s. They became keen riders with hounds, perhaps taking up an active pastime to compensate for the hours spent at the bank. The move from hunting to racing demonstrated the family’s social aspirations, as at this time the pre-eminent race-horse owner in England was the Prince of Wales.

Baron Mayer Amschel de Rothschild (1818-1874) first registered the Rothschild racing colours of dark blue and yellow, and found considerable success with horses from his Mentmore estate, winning won four of the five classic races in 1871. His nephew Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917) inherited Palace House in Newmarket from his uncle, and his horse St Amant famously won the Derby in 1904.

The French & Austrian Rothschilds

The French Rothschilds began to race-horses as early as 1835 when Baron James Mayer de Rothschild (1792-1868) created racing stables at his Ferrières estate. Still in existence, now relocated to Normandy, the Rothschild stables are one of the oldest in France. The Austrian Rothschild family were also keen race-goers and thoroughbred owners. 

See The Racing Rothschilds: the sportsmen, the maverick and the legend in The Rothschild Archive Annual Review 2008-2009 for further information.

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St Amant owned by Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917)

St Amant owned by Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917)