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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

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

Exhibition - Celebrating our Jewish collections

6: The ‘Disdéri' photograph album, 1859-1863

Photograph album known as the 'Disdéri' album, after André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri who achieved fame for patenting his version of the carte de visite. The album contains over 350 photographs, salt-prints and albumen prints, the majority studio portraits in the carte de visite format. The images include depictions of the Rothschild family, their relatives, friends and associates, including notable Jewish financiers and politicians.

The photographer in many instances is Eugène Disdéri. André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819-1889) was a French photographer who started his photographic career as a daguerreotypist but gained greater fame for patenting his version of the carte de visite, a small photographic image which was mounted on a card. Disdéri, a brilliant showman, made this system of mass-production portraiture world famous.

The album is bound in brown morocco, lined with royal blue silk, and the initials ‘H.D.’ in gilt metal within a gilt metal border with knotted rope relief. The album was purchased by the Trustees of The Rothschild Archive in 1999; it is not known who the original owner of the album was.

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