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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 de Rothschild (1862-1937), Hannah Rothschild (1783-1850), Charlotte Rothschild (1819-1884), Alfred de Rothschild 1842-1918), Nathaniel Mayer, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915) and Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898). The collection includes family photograph albums and loose photographs, many taken by Lionel; travel  photographs of trips in Egypt and Europe; Ferdinand's Red Book, depicting images of Waddesdon Manor;  ledgers of the Exbury Estate, 1918-1969; papers concerning the marriage of Leopold de Rothschild and Marie Perugia; printed volume by Alfred de Rothschild (1842-1918) My Contributions to Punch; 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, photographs, c.1920-c.1935

000/1782, 1 volume

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 de Rothschild [1882-1942] and the album contains photographs of Lionel, Marie-Louise, Edmund, Rosemary and Naomi, and probably Leopold and Evelyn; also Exbury and Gunnersbury.  There are also photographs from other families for whom Mildred worked.  There are letters to Mildred mainly from Rosemary, one of which mentions her debutante season with Nica in 1932, and also 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.

The Exbury Collection, The Rothschild Autochromes, c.1908-c.1912

000/876, 733 glass plates, 12 boxes

The Rothschild Autochromes: a collection of 733 glass photographic autochrome plates belonging to Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) featuring images of English gardens, including Gunnersbury and Ascott, Egypt, Mediterranean views, and people. Also includes a collection of photographic equipment of Lionel de Rothschild: large leather case embossed ‘L de R’ containing half-plate field camera by Ross, London;  a camera in a leather case; a collection of nine empty wooden storage boxes made to hold photographic glass plates/autochrome plates; and a collection of 57 empty adjustable wooden frames made to hold individual photographic glass plates/autochrome plates.

Please note that these items are extremely fragile and will not generally be produced for researchers. A database exists containing detailed descriptions of all autochromes in the collection. For further information see ‘The Colours of Another Age: The Rothschild Autochromes 1908-1912’, Victor Gray, The Rothschild Archive, London, 2007.

View a Gallery of selected Autochromes here »

The Exbury Collection, photographic equipment of Lionel de Rothschild , c.1905-c.1914

000/1024 and 000/1933, 4 boxes

Photographic equipment and materials, the property of Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942): large wooden camera with brass fittings, in leather case. 'L de R' on camera casing;  single lens black camera made by Newman & Guardia; dual lens black camera – Newman & Guardia stereoscopic 'Sibyl';  empty leather case; leather case holding  wooden slides;  leather case holding eight black slides (box labelled Newman & Guardia);  leather case holding twelve black slides (box labelled Newman & Guardia); booklet on 'How to Achieve Success in Photography', plus assorted loose lenses and other itemsAutochrome viewer in polished mahogany with red leather (damaged); the base and parts of a second smaller viewer (remainder missing); two undeveloped Ilford Panchromatic plates, 20 inches x 24 inches; a leather carrying case for a camera or slides, containing one slide.

Please note that these items are extremely fragile and will not generally be produced for researchers.