Salomon James de Rothschild (1835-1864)
Salomon James de Rothschild was the third son and fourth child of James de Rothschild and Betty. He was born in Paris on 30 March 1835, and grew up in the refined atmosphere of his parents' salons. In the 1850s, Salomon was despatched by his father to Frankfurt to serve an apprenticeship in the firm. In 1859, he followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Alphonse, and made a tour of the United States. However, his time in Frankfurt was not an enjoyable time for Salomon, although it allowed him to get to know his cousin, Adèle, whom he married on 12 March 1862.
Salomon died in Paris on 13 May 1864 and was buried in the family vault at Père Lachaise. He had been a generous benefactor of several synagogues and a member of the Charity Committee of the Jewish community in Paris.
Salomon James de Rothschild: correspondence, 'A Casual view of America: The home letters of Salomon de Rothschild, 1859-1861' published from original letters in the collection of the BNF, Paris, [1859-1861]; 1962
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Salomon James de Rothschild, family correspondence, published from original letters in the collection of the BNF, Paris: A Casual view of America: The home letters of Salomon de Rothschild, 1859-1861, Sigmund Diamond (London, The Cresset Press, 1962). A collection of letters, written by Salomon to various members of his family, comprising a journal of his travels in America 1859-1861. The original letters are held by the Departement des Manuscrits, Bibilothèque Nationale de France, Paris. (BnF ref N.A.Fr 11700). In 1859, Salomon James followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Alphonse, and made a tour of the United States, prompting speculation that the Rothschilds were on the verge of establishing their own US house. Salomon was not the man to do it; he was considered by his cousin Constance to be brilliantly gifted, but less addicted to steady work and the habits of business than his brothers and "somewhat dare-devil".
Salomon James de Rothschild, photographs, c.1860
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Studio portrait photograph of Salomon James de Rothschild (1835-1864). c.1860.
Salomon James de Rothschild, souvenir photograph album, 'Artistes of the Second Empire', c.1860
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Souvenir photograph album, 'Artistes of the Second Empire', c.1860, believed compiled by Salomon James de Rothschild. The brown leather bound album bears the monogram 'S'R' and a coronet. on the cover. It is a souvenir photograph album of artistes (actors, actresses, dancers and singers) of the Second French Empire (1852-1870, the Imperial Bonapartist regime of Napoleon III) and includes photographs of the opera singer Adelina Patti, the ballerina Fanny Elssler and the actor and theatre manager Charles Keane.