The 150th anniversary of the first Jewish MP’s entrance into the House of Commons is being marked at Waddesdon Manor in Aylesbury by the loan of a painting marking the historic moment. Henry Barraud’s large oil canvas of 1872, on show until the end of the month, depicts the introduction of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1808-79) to the House of Commons on July 26th
1858 by his supporters, the Liberal leader Lord John Russell and Mr Abel Smith.
Lionel had first stood as a Liberal candidate for the City of
The Rothschild family had played a leading role in the campaign to secure equal political rights for Jews in
The house is today managed by the National Trust and the Rothschild family. It is a glorious trove of 18th-century art and furniture, Sèvres porcelain and other treasures reflecting the taste of its first owner.
Waddesdon Manor is located near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The postcode is HP18 0JH and the telephone number is 01296 653226. Please visit www.waddesdon.org.uk for more details.