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Hannah, Mrs Nathan Mayer Rothschild (née Barent Cohen) (1783-1850)

Nathan married Hannah Cohen, daughter of Levi Barent Cohen, in 1806, eight years after his arrival in this country. Cohen had faith in his new son-in-law's. Hannah was one of Nathan's closest associates, being consulted on business matters as well as taking care of the household and family. Nathan wanted his family to have all the benefits of English society, and Hannah, who enjoyed the same upbringing - lessons in music, art, literature, Hebrew and French - saw to it that her children were educated privately and the girls in particular studied music and art. In marrying Hannah, Nathan achieved a certain social standing in an instant, and she was not one to be held back from forging links with the great and the good to the benefit of their social standing and the business. In his will, Nathan ordered his children to follow their mother's advice, and to consult her before they took any decision of moment.  When he died, Hannah spoke of the loss of her best friend.

Hannah Rothschild, Mrs Nathan Mayer Rothschild, artefacts, mourning bracelet, c.1850

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Mourning bracelet for Hannah, Mrs Nathan Mayer Rothschild  (1783-1850). Inscribed 'In memory of Hannah de Rothschild died on the 5th Sept 1850'. Nathan married Hannah Cohen, daughter of Levi Barent Cohen, in 1806, eight years after his arrival in England. Cohen had faith in his new son-in-law's. Hannah was one of Nathan's closest associates, being consulted on business matters as well as taking care of the household and family. 

Hannah Rothschild, Mrs Nathan Mayer Rothschild, correspondence, c.1826-1850

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Nathan's brothers were deeply impressed by Hannah, whom he had married in 1806. She had poise and charm, she was intelligent and she was at ease in any company. These letters reveal something of her business sense as she advises first her husband and then her sons on financial and political matters. After Nathan's death she lived in Gunnersbury but often visited her relatives in Europe and travelled around Britain. Her impressions of these visits are recorded in these letters. Many of the letters are undated, but they encompass generally the period 1831 to her death.

Transcripts available in the Reading Room

Hannah Rothschild, Mrs Nathan Mayer Rothschild, 'Elegy on the death of Hannah Rothschild', 1850

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Six identical copies of the printed Elegy on the death of Hannah Rothschild, Mrs Nathan Mayer Rothschild, 1850, being the copies of members of the Rothschild family. The name of the family member is embossed in gold on the cover of each volume:

  • Sir Anthony de Rothschild Bart [Anthony Nathan (1810-1876), Hannah's second son]
  • Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild [Nathaniel (1812-1870), Hannah's third son]
  • Baron Meyer de Rothschild [Mayer Amschel (1818-1874) Hannah's fourth son]
  • Baron James de Rothschild [James Mayer (1792-1868) Hannah's brother-in-law]
  • Baron Salomon de Rothschild [Salomon Mayer (1774-1855) Hannah's brother-in-law]
  • Baron Anselm de Rothschild'[Anselm Salomon (1803-1874) Hannah's nephew]