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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 - The Art of Natural History

2: Novitates Zoologicae

During his lifetime, Rothschild collected numerous valuable books containing drawings and paintings of animals and birds, such as John Gould's Birds of America, and commissioned many artists to illustrate the periodical he produced from Tring, Novitates Zoologicae.

42 volumes of Novitates Zoologicae were published between 1894 and 1948, edited by Rothschild and his museum curators, Dr Ernst Hartert (1859-1933) and Dr Karl Jordan (1861-1959). Around 200 copies were sent out each quarter, for an annual subscription of one guinea. Each edition contained descriptions of new species, collections and collecting trips, and was illustrated by photographs, maps and plates.

This painting of Casuarius casuarius sclateri Salvadoriwas executed by Grönvold, and referred to by Lord Rothschild in an article in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club in 1912. The exact cassowary from which this was done is unspecified, but it closely resembles a specimen now held in the Museum's collection at Tring. Zoology Library, The Natural History Museum,Original drawings of cassowaries, Folio 1 no.11.

Detail of apainting of Casuarius casuarius sclateri Salvadori.

Detail of apainting of Casuarius casuarius sclateri Salvadori.