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Artworks: portraits of Rothschilds

The Rothschild Archive holds a number of portraits in its collection depicting likenesses of members of the Rothschild family.

The collection includes:

  • a set of portraits of the five Rothschild brothers (the sons of Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812));
  • a group portrait of the Five Rothschild brothers (the sons of Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812)), surrounded by vignettes with views of the Bay of Naples, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna and allegories of concord, industry and integrity, by Hermann Raunheim, after an original watercolour, pen and ink work by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (000/2686);
  • a large painting which hangs in New Court (originally from Gunnersbury Park), Nathan Mayer Rothschild and his family by William Armfield Hobday c.1821 (000/2681);
  • two very large portraits of Salomon Mayer von Rothschild (1774-1885), believed to have originally come from the Viennese Rothschild bank, the Römischer Kaiser, in the Renngasse in Vienna (000/2216);
  • a portrait of Rózsika, the Hon Mrs Nathaniel Charles Rothschild (née Wertheimstein) by Philip de László (000/1983);
  • a portrait of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild by Sergei Pavlenko (000/2846);
  • a portrait of Baron David de Rothschild by Patrik Graham (000/2936).

These works have largely been acquired by the Archive through gift and purchase; portraits will also be found in some of the Named Collections. In 2022, the historic London buisness made a generous gift of over 100 portraits and other art works (many of which had been displayed at the various New Court buildings for many years, and for which the Archive had de facto responsibility) to the Trustees of The Rothschild Archive.

Sundry prints and engravings of Rothschild family members in the Archive collection will be found listed under entries for Rothschild family members in Rothschild family papers.

Further information about the Archive's collection of 'Rothschild' portraits is available upon request. Many portraits are still displayed at New Court.

Note: there is no general public access to works on display, although the Hobday portrait, Nathan Mayer Rothschild and his family can be seen on display in the building from St Swithin's Lane.