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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: Lord and Lady Battersea

Constance ('Connie') de Rothschild, Lady Battersea (1843-1931) was born at 107, Piccadilly on 29 April 1843, the daughter of Sir Anthony and Lady Louise de Rothschild. In 1877, Constance married Cyril Flower (1843-1907), the British Liberal politician and property developer, who was created Lord Battersea in 1892.  After her marriage to Cyril Flower, Constance combined a lavish social life with charitable activities. Her husband's political career took her to Wales for a period, but in London she had a residence at Surrey House and then Connaught Place. In 1888 the couple bought land at Overstrand, Cromer, where Lutyens built for them The Pleasaunce. 

Lord and Lady Battersea were both collectors and patrons of the arts. Lord Battersea was a patron of James McNeill Whistler and was involved with the Pre-Raphaelite set. His bedroom in his London residence, Surrey House was one of the few interiors completed by Carlo Bugatti. One of the most famous works owned by Lord and Lady Battersea was The Golden Stairs by Edward Burne-Jones, which Cyril, a patron and friend of Burne-Jones commissioned in 1880 for Surrey House. In his will of 1907, Lord Battersea bequeathed The Golden Stairs to the National Gallery with a life interest to Lady Battersea. She surrendered this interest in 1924 and presented the work to the nation through the National Art Collections Fund in order that it might be exhibited at the Tate Gallery.

Despite this early interest in the avant-garde, sale catalogues of their collections after Lady Battersea's death reveal a preference for a rather more traditional, sentimental taste.

The Golden Stairs by Edward Burne-Jones

The Golden Stairs by Edward Burne-Jones