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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

Dance

In 1909, the history of ballet was transformed with the first appearance in the West of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, with Nijinsky and Pavlova at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. Prominent among the French backers for this first, historic season and for later years, was Henri de Rothschild (1872-1947). The connection with the Ballets Russes was to continue. In 1913, during their first London season, James de Rothschild commissioned the company's designer, Leon Bakst, to paint a series of panels on the theme of Sleeping Beauty for his London house, 34 Park Street. The panels, which incorporate visual references to the Rothschild household, can now be seen at Waddesdon Manor.

In post-war New York, Bethsabée de Rothschild (1914-1999), was drawn into the world of contemporary dance through the dynamic American choreographer, Martha Graham, of whom she became an enthusiastic supporter. In 1949, she published in Paris a study of the subject, La danse artistique aux U.S.A. Tendances modernes. In 1964 in Tel Aviv, where she settled, (adopting the Hebrew name Batsheva), she founded her own dance company, the Batsheva Dance Company, followed, in 1967, by a school of classical and modern dance. Joining forces with the distinguished dancer Jeannette Ordman as artistic director, her dance company, renamed the Bat-Dor, has gone on to win many international plaudits.

Cover of 'La danse artistique aux USA: tendances modernes' by Bethsabée de Rothschild

Cover of 'La danse artistique aux USA: tendances modernes' by Bethsabée de Rothschild