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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

Exhibition - Faith & Charity

2: Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild

Nathaniel Mayer ('Natty'), 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915) was the eldest son of Lionel and Charlotte de Rothschild. He made a love match with his cousin, Emma Louise (1844-1937), whom he married in her home city of Frankfurt on 17 April 1867.

Noted for their enlighthened philanthropy, the couple were both concerned with welfare issues for their employees at Tring, and in the wider world. Natty held honorary positions in virtually every institution of Anglo-Jewry. He showed a particular interest in housing in the East End of London, through the 4% Industrial Dwellings Company. Natty and his wife Emma (1844-1937) made donations and endowments (totalling many millions of pounds in today's money) to a staggering range of of charities, organisations, societies and groups encompassing health, education, social welfare, and leisure activities, both Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Natty took over the senior partnership of the London House from his father who died in 1879. 

Natty became the first Jewish peer in 1885, retaining his own name in his new title - Lord Rothschild of Tring. 

On the occasion of Lord Rothschild's 70th birthday, on 8 November 1910, he received many testimonials and votes of thanks from the committees, trustees and boards of organisations that enjoyed his patronage and support. Many of these documents were miniature works of art. The pages that follow celebrate these grand birthday cards, and explore the organisations that created them. To view for fully digitised images of all the Testimonials, browse the Testimonials Gallery here »