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Alphonse Mayer von Rothschild (1878-1942)

Alphonse Mayer von Rothschild was the second son of Albert and Bettina and was born in Vienna in 1878. He married an Englishwoman, Clarice Sebag-Montefiore, on 20 November 1912 and had three children. Alphonse studied law, although he never practised, and was a lover of classical literature and philately. His stamp collection was one of the world's finest. Alphonse maintained some of the Rothschilds' most splendid residences, notably the Theresianumgasse in Vienna and the estates at Langau and Schillersdorf. At the time of the Anschluss, Alphonse and Clarice were in London, and managed to meet their daughters in Switzerland. The family travelled to England, and then to America, where Alphonse died on 1 September 1942.

Alphonse Mayer de Rothschild, horse-racing records, 1905-1932

000/1396, 1 volume, 2 folders

Papers of the Holroyd-Smyth family of stud managers and trainers, relating to horses of Baron Alphonse von Rothschild (1878-1942). William Holroyd-Smyth, known as Billy, was born in 1885. He enjoyed a successful career as a racehorse trainer and was stud manager to Baron Alphonse von Rothschild's Stud at Oroszvar, Budapest, from 1906 to 1922. Alphonse was one of the major thoroughbred racehorse studs in Eastern Europe in the early part of the 20th century. Alphonse played an important role with the Austro-Hungarian Jockey Club. Billy returned to the England in the 1920s to set up his own training establishment at Northolt Park, Harrow, Middlesex for horses raced under Pony Club rules, as Pony racing was much cheaper for owners than racing under Jockey Club rules. 

000/1396/1 Stud Record Book of Alphonse von Rothschild, 1905-1932.  

000/1396/2 Loose sheets regarding pedigrees and registration of various horses belonging to Alphonse.

000/1396/3 Small collection of photographs and postcards relating to horses trained by Holroyd-Smyth owned by Alphonse, (e.g. 'Sanskrit') and photographs of the Vienna racecourse c.1917 and Alphonse's stud (51 items); photographs of the Holroyd-Smyths with horses (28 items).