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Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild (née Perugia) (1862-1937)

Marie Perugia was the daughter of the Trieste merchant Achille Perugia. Her sister Louise married Arthur Sassoon. She married Leopold de Rothschild in January 1881. The wedding was one of the social events of the season and was attended by many famous guests including Disraeli, and the Prince of Wales who signed the register in the Central Synagogue, Great Portland Street, becoming the first member of the Royal family to attend a Jewish service. The couple soon became part of the inner circle of the Prince of Wales. They made their home at Gunnersbury Park. The marriage produced three sons: Lionel Nathan (1882–1942), Evelyn Achille (1886–1917), and Anthony Gustav (1887–1961).

Archive sources

For private correspondence of  Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild,  and a large collection of family photographs, see Named Collections, The Ascott Collection »

For papers concerning the wedding of Leopold and Marie, see English family papers, Leopold de Rothschild »

Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, music score 'Twilight' dedicated to Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, 1901

000/2254, 1 volume

Copy of the musical score Twilight for pianoforte composed by Georg Liebling, 1901. The volume, in a cream leather binding with gold tooling, is inscribed 'To Madame Leopold de Rothschild’. Georg Liebling (1865-1946) was a German concert pianist, composer and later teacher in Germany, England and the United States. In 1890 Georg became court pianist for Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. In 1897-1898, he gave a series of well-received recitals at St James's Hall in London, before joining the piano faculty of the Guildhall School of Music. That same month both he and his wife were invited to Osborne House to perform for Queen Victoria. [Note: Further music scores from Ascott House will be found in 000/2253].

Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, executors' papers, 1863-1937

000/1882, 2 boxes

Sundry executors' papers from Tin Trunk No. 205, The Executors of Mrs Leopold de Rothschild. The documents relate to the estate of Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild (nee Perugia) (1862-1937). They include the probate copy of the will of Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, copies of her birth, marriage and death certificates, copies of valuations for probate of Furniture, Porcelain, Works of Art and Effects Silver, Objects of Art and Vertu, Books Pictures, Drawings and Prints at 5 Hamilton Square, London W1 and Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard Buckinghamshire, by Christie, Manson and Woods, and papers relating to bequests made by Mrs Leopold.

Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, inventories and schedules of furniture and other effects at Ascott House, 5 Hamilton Place, and New Court, 1937

000/400/7-12; 000/176/9, 7 volumes

Seven volumes of inventories and schedules of furniture and other effects at Ascott House, 5 Hamilton Place, and New Court. The volumes were compiled in the course of administration of the estate of Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild (née Perugia) (1862-1937):

  • Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, Deceased. 5 Hamilton Place, W1. Valuation for probate of furniture, porcelain, works of art and effects, (Christie, Manson and Woods). July 1937.
  • Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, Deceased. 5 Hamilton Place, W1. Valuation for probate of the pictures, drawings and prints, (Christie, Manson and Woods). July 1937.
  • Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, Deceased. Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard. Valuation for probate of furniture, porcelain, works of art and effects, (Christie, Manson and Woods). July 1937.
  • Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, Deceased. Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard. Valuation for probate of silver, objects of art and vertu and books, (Christie, Manson and Woods). July 1937 (2 copies).
  • Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, Deceased. Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard. Valuation for probate of the pictures, drawings and prints, (Christie, Manson and Woods). July 1937.
  • Mrs Leopold de Rothschild, Deceased. Jewels at Messrs N.M Rothschild & Sons, New Court, St Swithin’s Lane, EC4. Valuation for probate, (Christie, Manson and Woods). July 1937.