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Sources for business history: plans of New Court

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


In 1932, Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) co-directed Le Lac aux Dames, a Tyrolean romance, one of the first talking pictures produced in France and the first to be distributed worldwide. It ran for a year at the Colisse cinema on the Champs-Elysses. Co-directed by Marc Allegret, it was adapted by the author Colette from a novel by Vicki Baum. Andre Gide helped with the script and it starred Simone Simon and Jean-Pierre Aumont.

Philippe's niece, Nicole (1924-2007) under her stage-name Nicole Stephane, appeared in Jean Cocteau's Les enfants terribles and later turned from acting to production on a number of films, including Mourir a Madrid and La vie de chateau. Before her marriage, Nadine L'hopitalier (b.1932), Baroness Edmond, appeared as an extra in The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollobrigida, and later acted, under the stage name, Nadine Tallier in some 40 films, including several English productions.

Jeane, the second Baroness Eugène von Rothschild  (1908-2003) was a stage and film actress, professionally known as Jeanne Stuart. She was born Ivy Sweet, in Hampstead, England in 1908, the youngest of three daughters of William James Sweet, a copper-beater, and his Welsh wife. At a very early age Ivy became a dancer, left home and travelled the country in a troupe of girls. She was on stage by the age of 15, and enjoyed a career in the theatre, in which she took part in a number of the light drawing-room comedies and murder mysteries that were so popular on the London stage in the 1930s. She performed alongside Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Jack Buchanan and many others. She progressed to the New York stage in September 1930, returning to London in 1933. Jeanne made her motion picture debut in 1931 and went on to perform and star in more than twenty films.

Phillippe de Rothschild filming Le Lac aux dames in 1934

Phillippe de Rothschild filming Le Lac aux dames in 1934