The Baron’s Room

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-98) at Waddesdon Manor, from a privately printed album known as the 'Red Book'. ©Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection (NationalTrust)

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-98) at Waddesdon Manor, from a privately printed album known as the ‘Red Book’. ©Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection (NationalTrust)

After featuring some of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s paintings in the previous post, I thought I might show the man himself.

©WaddesdonManor, The Rothschild Collection (NationalTrust)

©WaddesdonManor, The Rothschild Collection (NationalTrust)

Here he is in his private sitting room at Waddesdon Manor, with his poodle Poupon, in 1897. The photo also shows some of the grand manner English portraits he collected, as well as a pair of wall lights that came from Marie-Antoinette’s apartment in the Château de Compiègne. More about the album containing this photograph can be found on the Waddesdon blog.

The Baron's Room at Waddesdon today. ©Waddesdon Manor, National Trust.

The Baron’s Room at Waddesdon today. ©Waddesdon Manor, National Trust.

The room has been restored to its appearance in Baron Ferdinand’s time, as if he has just got up to take Poupon for stroll in the garden.

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