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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

3: Nathan Rothschild founds a bank in the City of London

Lionel de Rothschild's father, Nathan Mayer Rothschild had left his father's developing business in Frankfurt and come to Manchester in 1798 to buy the cloth which was now being manufactured in the area more cheaply than anywhere else in Europe and to send it back to mainland Europe for sale. In 1806 he married Hannah Barent Cohen, the daughter of a wealthy London Jewish merchant, and began to move his business to London. He was now more a banker than a merchant and working increasingly effectively with his other brothers who, by the early 1820s were functioning as an international banking network, with bases in Frankfurt, London, Paris, Vienna and Naples.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (NM Rothschild and Sons ltd London)

Nathan Mayer Rothschild by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (NM Rothschild and Sons ltd London)