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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

Art collections: Ferdinand de Rothschild

Ferdinand de Rothschild (18389-1898) lived near his relatives in London, mixing in the same social circles as his brother-in-law, Natty, and counting the Prince of Wales among his friends. Waddesdon, the magnificent property he commissioned in the Vale of Aylesbury, was the scene of splendid entertainment.

Beginning his collecting activities as early as 1861, Ferdinand de Rothschild acquired most of his paintings in the 1870s. His father had collected certain 17th-century Dutch paintings, and under the guidance of his mother Charlotte, Ferdinand learnt to distinguish the works of Teniers, Wouverman, Ostade and Both which hung in his father's house.

Ferdinand inherited these paintings and in time added van der Heyden, Gerard ter Borch, Cuyp, de Hooch, and Metsu to the Dutch collection. Two massive views of Venice by Guardi were purchased before the house was finished and influenced the final design of the gallery where they were to hang.

With his keen appreciation of the French arts of the 18th century, it was no surprise that the very first purchases he made were of works by Greuze. However, showing remarkable confidence and innovation, Ferdinand juxtaposed his fine collection of 18th-century English portraits with the French furnishings and objets d'art that filled Waddesdon Manor.

This collection included Gainsborough's Lady Sheffield and The Pink Boy, Reynold's Lady Jane Halliday and several female portraits by Romney, many of which hung in his own sitting room at Waddesdon.

Cartes-de-visite photograph of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898)

Cartes-de-visite photograph of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898)

The Red Drawing room at Waddesdon Manor

The Red Drawing room at Waddesdon Manor