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The Exbury Collection

A collection of documents and photographs from Exbury House deposited with the Rothschild Archive by Mr Edmund de Rothschild and his family. A further collection of papers relating to the Exbury Rothschilds will be found in 000/928, private papers of Marie-Louise, Mrs Lionel de Rothschild (née Beer) (1892-1975). See also Estates: Exbury Estate, Hampshire »

Access to some of these collections is restricted at the request of the donors and depositors. All papers later than 1945 are currently closed to researchers; for further information please contact The Rothschild Archive »

The Exbury Collection I, 1824-1969

000/880, 30 boxes

A collection of documents and photographs from Exbury House. The majority of the items in this collection were created by Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1882-1942) and his immediate family. The collection includes some earlier items created by, or relating to:

  • Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917)
  • Marie, Mrs Leopold de Rothschild (née Perugia)(1862-1937)
  • Hannah, Mrs Nathan Mayer Rothschild (née Barent Cohen) (1783-1850)
  • Charlotte, Baroness Lionel de Rothschild (née von Rothschild) (1819-1884)
  • Alfred de Rothschild 1842-1918)
  • Nathaniel Mayer, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915)
  • Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898)

The collection includes a large number of Rothschild  family photograph albums and loose photographs, many taken by Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1882-1942), a keen photographer. The collection includes his photographs of family and friends at home, at Exbury and on travels abroad in Egypt and Europe.

The collection includes two photograph albums of views of Halton House, the estate Lionel inherited from his uncle Alfred, and a rare copy of the Red Book, a volume recording Ferdinand de Rothschild's mansion and collections, at Waddesdon Manor, and a volume of photographs of the mansion at Tring Park. The collection includes ledgers relating to the Exbury estate, 1918-1969.

Other items in the collection include a commemorative volume for the wedding of Leopold de Rothschild and Marie Perugia, 1881; and a printed volume by Alfred de Rothschild (1842-1918) My Contributions to Punch; a 21st birthday testimonial to Lionel in a silver frame, 1903 and sundry family correspondence and collected volumes.

List available

The Exbury Collection II, c.1880-2009

000/2348 , 14 boxes

A collection of miscellaneous private Rothschild family papers, photographs and other documents from Exbury House: miscellaneous loose and framed family photographs of the Exbury Rothschild family; photograph album containing images of Exbury House and gardens; two Ordnance Survey maps of Exbury, c.1920; Inventory of pictures, objects, furniture, plate, china etc at Halton, November 1883; Visitor’s book for the Halton Chalet, 1891-1914; Writing case with monogram, Marie de Rothschild (1892-1975); Ascott Gamebook in the name of Leopold de Rothschild, 1898-1899; Membership certificate in the name of Major Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) for the British Legion, 1935;  miscellaneous publications; papers concerning wills of Mr Edmund and Mrs Elizabeth de Rothschild; typescripts of memoirs and reminiscences of Mr Edmund de Rothschild; Testimonial from the Tenantry of Tring presented to Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) on the occasion of his 21st birthday, 1903; Boxed Testimonial presented to Mr Edmund de Rothschild on the occasion of his retirement from NM Rothschild & Sons Limited, from the Staff And Directors, NMR, 1976; Boxed Testimonial presented to Mr Edmund de Rothschild on the occasion of his retirement from N M Rothschild & Sons Limited, from NMR Pensioners, 1976; plan of proposed new Rhododendron House, Exbury Estate, 1925; seven plans of Exbury: plan of the estate; plan of proposed new Water House; plan of second floor of Exbury House; elevation of Exbury House; plan of Exbury estate water supply; elevation plan of Exbury estate; large plan of Exbury estate; large cloth map of the Exbury estate.

List available

The Exbury Collection, photograph album of 'Mildred', c.1920-c.1935

000/1782, 1 volume

Private album of photographs of with inserted letters, compiled by Mildred [surname unknown] with interleaved loose photographs and letters. Mildred was a nanny to the children of Lionel (1882-1942) and Marie-Louise, Mrs Lionel de Rothschild (1892-1975) at Exbury. The albums contains informal family photographs of Lionel, Marie-Louise, Edmund (1916-2009), Rosemary (1913-2013) and Naomi (1920-2007). Other very young children are unidentified, but may  include Leopold (1927-2012) and Evelyn (b.1931). The places include Exbury and Gunnersbury. [There are also photographs from other families for whom Mildred worked, unrelated to the Rothschilds]. Interleaved within the album are letters to Mildred mainly from Rosemary, one of which mentions her debutante season with 'Nica' (Kathleen Annie Pannonica, Baroness de Koenigswarter (née Rothschild) (1913-1988)) in 1932, and also correspondence from Edmund and Naomi.

The Exbury Collection, photographs, c.1930-1981

000/1609, 1 file

Collection of black and white photographs, mainly of the family of Edmund de Rothschild (1916-2009) including: Marie-Louise née Beer (1892-1975); Elizabeth née Lentner (1923-1980); Naomi Goldschmidt née de Rothschild (b.1920) and her daughter Jocelyne Reinach (b1942); Leopold (1927-2012); Katherine (b.1949); Nicholas (b.1951); Lionel (b.1955); Charlotte (b.1955).  Includes: two photographs from Australia, 1938; Edmund on board the Queen Mary; postcard of Edmund and Elizabeth skiing, sent to Elizabeth's mother, Henriette Lentner, 1959; family Christmas card, 1968; four photographs of Edmund in army uniform, 1940s; portrait photographs of Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother; Edmund and Elizabeth with the King of Sweden (colour); the Queen and Prince Philip with Edmund at the Chelsea flower show; Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy with Edmund and Elizabeth at the Chelsea flower show.