Charlotte von Rothschild
English socialite
Charlotte von Rothschild
Charlotte von Rothschild was a German-born British socialite. She was a member of the Rothschild banking family of Naples, but was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She was the eldest child and only daughter of Carl Mayer von Rothschild (1788-1855) and Adelheid Herz (1800-1853).
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1884
    Age 64
    Charlotte von Rothschild died at her Gunnersbury Park home in 1884 and was buried next to her husband in the Willesden Jewish Cemetery.
    More Details Hide Details Following her death, her eldest son named a newly constructed block of housing for low-income persons "Charlotte's Buildings."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1844
    Age 24
    In 1844, she caused a sensation in London society when the American showman P. T. Barnum and his celebrated midget "Tom Thumb" performed at her home.
    More Details Hide Details However, beyond socializing and entertaining, Charlotte von Rothschild was a dedicated patron of numerous charities with a special interest in education.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1836
    Age 16
    Because endogamy within the Rothschild family was an essential part of their strategy to ensure that control of their wealth remained in family hands, on June 15, 1836, two days after her seventeenth birthday, the beautiful Charlotte married Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879), her first cousin from the English branch of the family.
    More Details Hide Details They had the following children: The couple maintained residences at 148 Piccadilly and Gunnersbury Park in London where, in the tradition of the English family, she used the style "de" Rothschild. Charlotte von Rothschild's arranged marriage flourished for 43 years based on great love and mutual respect. In an era when male and female roles were clearly defined, Charlotte had been better educated in art than her husband and would be instrumental in most of their art assemblage. In 1858, her husband became the first unconverted Jew to sit in the British House of Commons. Charlotte de Rothschild became one of England's most prominent socialites whose dinner invitations, according to biographer Stanley Weintraub were favoured over those from Buckingham Palace.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1819
    Born
    Born in 1819.
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