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Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild

Person  Male  Born 17/12/1839  Died 17/12/1898

Art collector, politician and philanthropist. Austrian nobleman born Paris, into the banking family. Came to London in 1859, drawn here by his cousin, Evelina whom he had loved since childhood. They were married in London in 1865 and lived at 143 Piccadilly. Only 17 months later she died in childbirth and Ferdy created the Evelina Children's Hospital in her memory. He never married again, entered politics, took up field sports and built the chateau-style Waddesdon Manor. He began collecting art and on his father's death in 1874 he was free to buy English paintings and Fench furniture and china in quantity. One of the Prince of Wales's set, he entertained the Prince and many of the top politicians. Died at Waddesdon Manor, on his birthday.

We now have a few Rothschilds on London Remembers but it's not an easy job to see how they all relate to each other. If anyone would like to sort out the family spaghetti for us we'd be very grateful.

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Evelina Children's Hospital

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