Hannah Rothschild CBE is an award-winning writer and documentary film director. She is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery, and she is a Trustee of Waddesdon Manor. Hannah’s previous novel The Improbability of Love won the 2016 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.
A Passion for Jazz
The film-maker Hannah Rothschild describes her great aunt Pannonica Rothschild as “the one who got away” from the weight of responsibility attached to the family name. She moved from war-torn France and set up home in New York in the early 1950s, where she soon became patron and friend to bebop greats like Charlie Parker (who died in her hotel room) and Thelonious Monk (whom she nursed until his death).
Nazi-Looted Art: A Time Of Reckoning?
The discovery of a huge cache of Nazi-plundered paintings in a Munich flat brings hope that thousands of other looted artworks may be found. The revelation has focused worldwide attention on the German authorities and their and others’ moral and legal equivocations. Anne Webber, Co-Chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and Lord Neuberger, President of Britain’s Supreme Court, discuss provenance, restitution and the continuing quest for justice with Hannah Rothschild....
Love, Art and Literature
Hannah Rothschild, author of The Improbability of Love and the new Chair of the National Gallery Board of Trustees, knows a thing or two about art and how for some its pursuit can become an all-encompassing obsession. Her novel is imaginative, exuberant, often extremely funny, and is currently a nominee for the JQ-Wingate Prize. Hannah Rothschild will be talking to Erica Wagner about her writing, her new appointment, the art that affects her most powerf...
The Archive Thief
In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski appropriated tens of thousands of documents from Nazi buildings in Berlin and, later, from public archives and private synagogues in France, moving them all, illicitly, to New York. Using these documents as the basis for his research, he became a world expert on the history of the Jews in France and then sold this material to American and Israeli research libraries, where they remain today.Lisa Leff, winner of the Sami Rohr P...
Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters
Painting in London in the post-WWII years is a story of friendships and shared experiences. Drawing on first-hand interviews, acclaimed art historian Martin Gayford, in conversation with Hannah Rothschild, examined the interwoven lives of artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and David Hockney, and the teachers and contemporaries, including David Bomberg and Jackson Pollock, who influenced them in their quest to explore the boundaries of art, always posing the question, ...
House of Trelawney
Hannah Rothschild, writer, documentary filmmaker, business woman and philanthropist presents her deliciously funny new novel – at once a moving love story and dazzling social satire – set in the parallel and seemingly unconnected worlds of the British aristocracy and high finance. This is a story about old money, new money, and the distinctly strapped-for-cash, told against the backdrop of a once magnificent castle in Cornwall.