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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

Photogravure study ‘Waidhoffener Ninetta', 1891

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.

Salomon Albert Anselm von Rothschild (1844-1911) was born in Vienna. He attended the Gymnasium in that city and the University of Brno. He married his cousin Bettina on 22 March 1876 and their main residence was on the Heugasse. Albert served a Rothschild apprenticeship, and under Albert, S M von Rothschild & Söhne became banker-in-chief to the Austrian government and the family's industrial holdings were increased.

Banking did not interfere with his wide range of enthusiasms. His was the first automobile seen in Vienna. He was an early conservationist, built an observatory, collected works of art, and was a keen photographer. 

'Amateur Kunst', 1891

Together with his brother Nathaniel, photography was one of Albert's many interests and he was a leading member of the Viennese Camera Club. This plate, after a photograph taken on his estate in Waidhofen, Lower Austria by Albert comes from the portfolio album 'Amateur Kunst'. The 'posed genre photo' (of which Waidhoffener Ninetta' is a an example) could be charming, but was regarded as difficult to master, because of the difficulty the posing a figure or group in such away as to appear natural; such images were regarded as akin to Dutch genre paintings. The Vienna Camera Club Journal (Volume IV: December, 1891) described this image: "Waidhof'ner Ninetta" by Albert Freiherr von Rothschild in Vienna, shows how happily one can imitate paintings with the help of photography. Such things have been tried many times, but to our knowledge never with such good results."

The Internationale Ausstellung Künstlerischer Photographien in Wien 1891 (International Exhibition of Art Photographers) was organized by the Club of Amateur Photographers (Club der Amateur Photographen in Wien) in Vienna, in 1891. Over 4000 photographs were entered from around the world for possible exhibit; the jury that chose the 600 entries for hanging came from a pool of mostly academic artists and a lone royal court photographer. The exhibition ran from 30 April to 31 May 1891, and later that year, the club issued an elaborate portfolio in two separate editions consisting of large-plate photogravures of images from the exhibition. Albert had two images of 'Waidhoffener Ninetta' in the exhibition; his brother Nathaniel (1836-1905) also had two images; 'Kinderjause' and 'Durensee mit dem Monte Cristallo'.