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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

Living for art: Charlotte de Rothschild and the Trachel and Rothschild collections in Nice

The collections of The Rothschild Archive London contain over two million pieces of paper, volumes, files, photographs, artefacts and art works. Archivist's Choice is a series a short articles each highlighting a treasure from the Archive collection, or celebrating an anniversary or special event. Browse through our library of Archivist's Choice articles to discover some of the fascinating stories behind our collections.

Visitors to Nice during the next five months will have the chance to learn more about Charlotte de Rothschild (1825-1899), a patron of the arts who was herself an accomplished artist.

Vivre pour l’art: les collection Trachel et Rothschild à Nice opens at the Musée de Beaux-Arts in Nice on 25 November. But who was Charlotte de Rothschild? And why is her work being displayed in Nice?

Charlotte was the eldest child of Baron James de Rothschild, founder of the Paris branch of the Rothschild business who purchased the Lafite vineyard in 1868. She married her cousin Nat, son of Nathan Rothschild, founder of the English branch. Nat acquired Chateau Mouton-Rothschild in 1853.

Charlotte studied watercolours under Eugène Lami, with whom she founded the Society of French Watercolour Painters. She became a recognised artist, producing numerous fine landscapes in watercolour including some of the Côte d’Azure. Some of these form the focus of the exhibition in Nice, which also includes the work of Hercule Trachel, her teacher and friend.

In preparation for the exhibition, the museum’s curators visited The Rothschild Archive to look at some of the Charlotte’s works that are in the collection and to read some of the correspondence between Charlotte and Trachel. The Archive team has been delighted to work with the curators as their plans have developed.

The museum will display many examples of Charlotte’s work gathered from collections in France. Starting in 1888, the museum received many donations of art from several members of the Rothschild family, including paintings and sculptures.

You can view the museum website here »

Carte de visite photograph of Charlotte Baroness Nathaniel de Rothschild

Carte de visite photograph of Charlotte Baroness Nathaniel de Rothschild

Moulin à Catane engraving after an original by Charlotte de Rothschild

Moulin à Catane engraving after an original by Charlotte de Rothschild