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Adolphe Carl von Rothschild (1823-1900)

Adolphe Carl von Rothschild was born on 21 May 1823, just as his father Carl's Naples House was taking root in that city. His brothers took over the Frankfurt House and Adolphe's future was to lie with C M von Rothschild & figli Naples. Adolphe, General Consul of the Duchy of Parma in Naples, preferred to pursue his interest in collecting works of art. He was the first member of the family to be bought out of the partnership in 1865, two years after the closure of the Naples House. Together with his wife, Julie von Rothschild, whom he had married on 16 October 1850, Adolphe commissioned Joseph Paxton to build a château at Pregny on the shores of Lake Geneva, where they housed some of their fine collections of paintings and objects. In Paris, they lived on the rue de Monceau. An ophthalmological foundation established by Adolphe in Paris and named after him became the interest of his widow after his death from influenza on the rue de Monceau on 7 February 1900.

Adolphe Carl von Rothschild, catalogue of collections donated to the Musée du Louvre, 1902

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Donation de M. Le Baron Adolphe de Rothschild, Musée du Louvre (Paris, 1902). Catalogue of collections donated to the Musée du Louvre by Adolphe Carl von Rothschild (1823-1900). Catalogue with black and white plates.

Adolphe Carl von Rothschild, carte de visite photograph, c.1902

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Small photograph of Adolphe Carl von Rothschild (1823-1900), inscribed on the reverse 'Dear Leo, Don't forget poor Dolly' [Presumed sent to Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917); Dolly was Adolphe Carl's family nickname; he was a cousin of Leopold's father Lionel]. Believed to be the only image of Adolphe Carl in the Archive collection.

Adolphe Carl con Rothschild, sundry correspondence, letter sent by balloon, 1870

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Letter addressed to Adolphe de Rothschild (1823-1900), Geneva, from Ernest Lévy, dated 28 October 1870 and sent by balloon.

Adolphe Carl von Rothschild, will and codicils, 1874; 1900

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Estate of Adolphe Carl von Rothschild (1823-1900):

  • analysis of the will and codicils of Adolphe Carl von Rothschild 28 August 1874 and sundry related correspondence;
  • official copy of will and codicils of Adolphe Carl von Rothschild, in French, 12 February 1900.