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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

Exhibition - Motoring Rothschilds

10: Motor racing and the Rothschilds

The Rothschild families in both England and France have had a long association with motor racing and motor events. Martin Harper in his memoirs recalls a race from Paris to Monte Carlo between Lionel de Rothschild and Baron Henri de Rothschild, with both teams driving '60' Mercedes. From 1901 Henri de Rothschild (1872-1947) sponsored the Coupe Rothschild for the Nice motor race. Between 1901 and 1903 the race was won by Léon Serpollet, and at the race in April 1902 he reached 120.8 kph, breaking the world speed record. His car, a 100hp Serpollet, was nicknamed 'the Easter egg'.

In the ‘roaring twenties’, Phillipe de Rothschild was a highly successful racer, under the pseudonym 'Georges Philippe'. For one short season he drove Bugatti Grand Prix cars with some notable successes. In 1928 he came second at the Bugatti Grand Prix at Le Mans in a Bugatti 37, and in a Bugatti 35C he competed throughout 1929, coming fourth at the first Monaco Grand Prix, first at the Bourgogne Grand Prix, second at the Grand Prix de Nations held at the Nurburgring, and second at the Saint Sébastien Grand Prix. Driving a Stutz he came fifth at the Le Mans 24 Hours, also in 1929.

In his memoirs Milady Vine, Philippe claims to have invented the windscreen wiper, as part of some improvements to his sports car to protect the coiffure of a lady friend.



The exhibition ends here.

Tiles on the Michelin Building in London (1911) commemorating Léon Serpollet's third victory in the Coupe Rothschild

Tiles on the Michelin Building in London (1911) commemorating Léon Serpollet's third victory in the Coupe Rothschild

Philippe de Rothschild in a Bugatti at Le Mans

Philippe de Rothschild in a Bugatti at Le Mans