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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: Trowel for the Topping-out ceremony, No.1 St. Swithin's Lane, 2001

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

Silver commemorative trowel from the Topping-out ceremony for No.1 St. Swithin's Lane, presented to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (1931-2022), 2001 

Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836), initially took the premises of New Court, St Swithin’s Lane in the City in 1809 as a home for his family and a base from which to build his business; it was short stroll away from the bank of England and the Royal Exchange where Nathan would soon make his mark.

In 1860, the first re-building of New Court began, and in 1865 a new building, in the style of a grand Italian ‘palazzo’ opened for business. In 1962, after nearly a century, the decision was taken to rebuild New Court for a third time.

Business expanded in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1997, N M Rothschild & Sons Limited acquired the lease of 1 King William Street, opposite New Court, and in 2001, premises adjacent to New Court were acquired and remodelled. Pictured here is the late Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (1931-2022), Chairman of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited, at the Topping-out ceremony for No.1 St Swithin’s Lane, together with the ceremonial trowel presented by the contactors to mark the event. New Court was rebuilt again for a fourth time between 2008-2012.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild joined N M Rothschild & Sons aged 26. In 1976 he took over as Chairman of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited. Sir Evelyn is remembered for leading the London business in the field of privatisation. He served until 2003 when he oversaw the merger of the family's French and UK houses. 

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