Bankers as builders at the BnF

The French National Library, the BnF, held an exhibition on “The Rothschilds in France in the 19th century” through to 10 February 2013. It provided an insight into the activities of several families of bankers who, like Émile Gaillard, were prominent in the fields of art, culture, museums and architecture.

One room of the exhibition was dedicated in particular to the Pereire brothers. They had an active business relationship with Émile Gaillard, who participated alongside them in financing the railways. The footprint of the Pereire brothers can still be seen in the Plaine-Monceau district of Paris, where the Hôtel Gaillard is located, as they were chiefly responsible for its urbanisation in the 19th century.

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Teaser of the exhibition




Les Rothschild en France au XIXe siècle
Sous la direction de Claude Collard et Melanie Aspey
Éditeur : Bibliothèque nationale de France

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Published on 12 December 2012. Updated on 10 October 2022