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Evelina (Evy) de Rothschild (1839-1866)

Evelina de Rothschild was born in London on 25 August 1839, the daughter of Lionel and Charlotte. She was popular with all her siblings, but especially close to Leo with whom she shared a similar sense of humour.

A frequent visitor to Paris where her sister Leonora had lived since her marriage in 1857, Evy revelled in the salons of James and Betty.

She married her cousin Ferdinand at 148 Piccadilly on 7 July 1865 and spent a honeymoon at his father's estate of Schillersdorf.

The death of Evelina de Rothschild in childbirth on 4 December 1866 cast a shadow over her family. Ferdinand never remarried; he devoted himself to the building and furnishing of Waddesdon Manor, with his sister Alice as a companion.

The Evelina Children's Hospital, now part of St Thomas' Hospital in London, was founded by Ferdinand de Rothschild in her memory.