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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. It 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.

In 1859, he 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". A collection of letters, written by Salomon to various members of his family 1859-1861, comprising a journal of his travels is held by the Departement des Manuscrits, Bibilothèque Nationale de France, Paris. (BnF ref N.A.Fr 11700). These letters were published as A Casual view of America: The home letters of Salomon de Rothschild, 1859-1861, by Sigmund Diamond (London, The Cresset Press, 1962); a copy of this book is available in the Reading Room.

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, photographs, n.d.

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Photograph of Salomon James de Rothschild.

Salomon James de Rothschild, photograph album, c.1860

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Photograph album of artistes (actors, actresses, dancers and singers) of the Second French Empire (1852-1870, the Imperial Bonapartist regime of Napoleon III). The album was compiled by Salomon James de Rothschild (1835-1864). The album includes photographs of the opera singer Adelina Patti, the ballerina Fanny Elssler and the actor and theatre manager Charles Keane.