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Louis von Rothschild (1882-1955)

Louis Nathaniel von Rothschild was born in Vienna on 5 March 1882, the third son of Albert and Bettina. He was educated at the Theresianum Academy, before embarking on a banking apprenticeship in Hamburg and New York.On Albert's death in 1911, Louis found himself managing the family firm which continued to play an active role in the Witkowitz iron works and the Florisdorf Engineering works. He was also chairman of the Creditanstalt.

Louis brazened out the machinations of the Nazis in Austria, but he was arrested after the Anschluss and spent a year in prison, refusing to hand over Witkowitz, the price of his freedom. On his eventual release in July 1939, Louis headed for the USA. On 14 August 1946, Louis married the Countess Hildegard Johanna Caroline Marie Auersperg, and the couple settled on a farm in Vermont. He enjoyed the mountains, and was able to continue with his other hobbies, including botany, and golf, which replaced the polo of his early years. He died while swimming in Montego Bay on 15 January 1955.

Louis von Rothschild, catalogue of lithographs, 1955


Lob des Hohen Verstandes, collection of lithographs by Oskar Kokoschka, signed, limited edition, assembled by Victor Dirsztay,in whose hand the inscription to Louis von Rothschild is written; portfolio of photographs of the Dirsztay family and Louis von Rothschild.

Louis von Rothschild, catalogue of collections, 1955

00/1597, 1 volume

Catalogue of Louis XV and Louis XVI Furniture and Objets d'Art....the property of the estate of the late Baron Louis de Rothschild, New York, and others, 13 and 14 May 1955, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York.  

Louis von Rothschild, photographs, 1908; c.1920-1927

000/2468, 3 volumes

Photograph album of Louis von Rothschild ‘LR An Bord Der Laura, Groenland Juli 1908’; photograph album of Viennese Rothschild family events, including horse riding and a rowing club, c.1920; photograph album ‘Internationale Polo-Spiele Wien-Freudenau’, includes photos of the polo match and celebrations, with members of the Viennese Rothschild family. Inside front cover is a loose page from a different photograph album, of Louis von Rothschild on a game hunt in Africa, 1927.