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Sources for business history: plans of New Court

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

Rothschilds directing the London House

Information is given here about Rothschilds who have led the London business. The Archive holds papers of the London business up to 1970; papers older than c.1945 are not currently available to researchers.

N M Rothschild

Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) [1]


N M Rothschild & Sons

Baron Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1808-1879) [2]

Nathaniel Mayer, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915) 

Alfred Charles de Rothschild (1842-1918)            

The Hon. Nathaniel Charles Rothschild (1877-1923)

Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1882-1942)

Anthony Gustav de Rothschild (1887-1961) [3]

Edmund Leopold de Rothschild (1916-2009) 


N M Rothschild & Sons Limited

Edmund Leopold de Rothschild (1916-2009) [4]

Victor, 3rd Lord Rothschild (1910-1990)   

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (1931-2022) [5]   


[1] Nathan was active in England from 1798, when he first arrived in Manchester, co-ordinating activity on behalf of the family business. In 1809, he establshed N M Rothschild at New Court in the City of London.

[2] After the death of his brother Nathan in 1836, James took over the reins of the family firm. In 1838, Lionel, Nathan's son succeeded in modifying the Partnership Agreement to retain the relative autonomy of the London house. By the early 1840s, the resources of the London, Paris and Frankfurt houses were evenly matched.

[3] Rothschilds Continuation Ltd was formed as a second corporate partner of N M Rothschild & Sons in 1941 to ensure the continuity of the firm’s business during the Second World War.

[4] The senior Rothschild directing the London business was known as the Senior Partner until 1970, when the title Chairman was adopted when N M Rothschild & Sons became N M Rothschild & Sons Limited.

[5] Sir Evelyn de Rothschild stepped down as chairman of N M Rothschild & Sons in 2003. The appointment of David de Rothschild as the Rothschild Group Chairman brought together again the English and French Rothschild business houses, with the merger of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited with Paris Orléans (the holding company of the French Rothschild family for its business activities). In 2011, the firm rebranded from N M Rothschild & Sons Limited to Rothschild Group. In 2015, the firm rebranded again, to become Rothschild & Co. At the same time, the parent company, formerly known as Paris Orléans, changed its name to Rothschild & Co. to match the trading name of the business. In 2018, Rothschild & Co announced the appointment of Alexandre de Rothschild, son of David de Rothschild, as Executive Chairman of the group.

The Partners' Room New Court 1960s

The Partners' Room New Court 1960s