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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 - From Bank to Westminster

11: Lionel tries to take his seat

On 25 July 1850 a meeting of electors at the London Tavern resolved that Lionel should take up his seat in the House. Lionel duly turned up the next day. The Clerk of the Commons rose to invite Lionel to take the oath. Lionel demanded to swear on the Old Testament only. There were howls of protest from the Tory benches and Lionel was called upon to withdraw, which he did.

He reappeared four days later and got right through the oath until the final clause where he had to swear 'upon the true faith of a Christian' at which point he had to withdraw, after declaring 'I omit these words as not binding on my conscience'.

Newspaper cutting of an engraving from a French newspaper entitled 'Election de M. de Rothschild á Londres.

Newspaper cutting of an engraving from a French newspaper entitled 'Election de M. de Rothschild á Londres.