Telescope

Date:
1770
Publisher/Studio:
London: Cox London Day or Night

Inscribed by the maker “Cox London Day or Night,” family tradition suggests that this is the telescope depicted in the portrait of Capt. Charles Ridgely, the Builder of Hampton.

Description (physical):

Material: Wood, Brass, Glass. L: 51cm, Di: 6.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP 10000
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Notebook

Date:
1847
Creator:
Charles Ridgely

During a lengthy trip abroad in 1846-1848, Charles Ridgely (1830-1872) and his family lived for extended periods of time in Paris. During this time, the teenager’s education was not neglected, and he attended school. This notebook, written in French, records his chemistry lessons, with most notes about French chemist Alfred Ronseleur's (d. 1879) experiments in electroplating.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 21.5cm, W: 13cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP20804
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Evil Deeds And Evil Consequences

Date:
1850

Evil Deeds and Evil Consequences was given as a Christmas present to Charles Ridgely, Jr. (1853-1873) in 1857 by his great, great Uncle Otho Eichelberger, who perhaps felt the four year old needed some firm admonition. The remarkable and vivid illustrations and stories might scare a child into good behavior.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 25.4cm, W: 20.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP7634
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

John Ridgely, Jr. And Charles Ridgely

Date:
1861
Publisher/Studio:
Israel & Co.

John Ridgely, Jr. (1851-1938), eldest child of Hampton’s fourth master Charles Ridgely and his wife Margaretta Howard Ridgely, become the fifth master of the estate. This studio portrait shows him dressed in soldier suit, complete with epaulettes, sword, and knee-length boots.  It was one 23 carte-de-visites of family and friends in an album given to him by his mother on the occasion of his 11th birthday on December 22, 1862. Charles Ridgely (1853-1873) is dressed as one of Three Musketeers for this studio portrait from a family album dated 1862. There are dozens of carte-de-visites showing the children of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely, their cousins, and friends in fancy dress costumes ranging from soldiers and shepherdesses to peasants and highlanders to kings and princesses.

Description (physical):

Carte de visite. Material: Paper, cardboard. H: 9.1cm, W: 6cm (per image).

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP18047
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

John Ridgely, Charles Ridgely, Henry White Ii, And Julian Leroy White

Date:
1856
Creator:
John Carlin

Although to our modern eyes some of the children in this painting may appear to be girls due to their clothing, all the individuals depicted are boys. John Ridgely (1851-1938) and his brother Charles Ridgely (1853-1873) (on the right) are shown with their first cousins Henry White II (1850-1927) and Julian Leroy White (1853-1923), enjoying the pastimes provided by the countryside around Hampton. The mansion’s cupola can be seen in the background of the painting.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 49.8, W: 60.9 cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1128
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Ring With Box

Date:
1847
Publisher/Studio:
Greece

This ring commemorates Charles Ridgely’s (1830-1872) first trip abroad in 1846-1848. He accompanied his parents and sister on a Grand Tour that included visits to “Pisa, Florence, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Messina, Syracuse, Malta, Athens, Smyrna, Constantinople, Syra, Corfu, Trieste, Venice, Vienna, Freuwaldau, Graffenberg, Prague, Dresden, Leipsig, Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Hamm, Cologne, Leige, Brussels, [and] Paris,” as he recorded in his travel journal. A tag accompanying the ring states "Presented to/ the late Charles/ Ridgely of H/ when a youth by a Greek or// Turkish friend/ of his Parents/ while traveling/ in Greece.  Device/ ‘There is Safety in Silence.’”

Description (physical):

Material: Gold, Carnelian, Leather, Silk. L: 1.8cm, W: 1.9cm, D: 1.9cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP17995
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Margaretta Sophia Howard Ridgely

Date:
1865
Publisher/Studio:
Baltimore, MD

This carte-de-visite taken in a Baltimore photo studio around the end of the Civil War shows Margaretta Sophia Howard Ridgely (1824-1904), wife of Hampton’s fourth master Charles Ridgely (1830-1872). Her maternal grandfather was Governor Charles Carnan Ridgely, meaning that she and her husband were first cousins. Margaretta, raised at “Cowpens,” an estate just to the east of Hampton, had been a childhood playmate of her Ridgely cousins. The mother of eight children, after her husband’s untimely death in Rome in 1872, she returned to Hampton and managed the estate until her own death 32 years later.

Description (physical):

Material: Cardboard, Paper. H: 10.8cm, W: 5.7cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP31234
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Charles Ridgely

Date:
1873
Creator:
William Henry Rinehart

In 1870, Charles Ridgely (1830-1872) went abroad with his family for an extended trip to Europe. Even while away, however, he remained very interested in Hampton and maintained an active correspondence with the estate managers. Unfortunately, while visiting Rome in the spring of 1872, he was stricken with typhoid fever and died. This portrait bust, signed “Wm H. Rinehart, SCULP+ ROMA 1873,” is posthumous, though it is possible that Charles had sat for sketches with the sculptor before his untimely death. William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874), a native of Maryland who is regarded as one of this country’s greatest sculptors, maintained a studio in Rome from 1858 until his death.

Description (physical):

Material: Marble. H: 58.5cm, W: 33.2cm, D: 23.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1161
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Charles Ridgely

Date:
1868
Creator:
John E. Robertson

Hampton’s fourth master Charles Ridgely (1830-1872) was the second child of John Ridgely (1790-1867) and Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely (1803-1867). He received his early education at the highly regarded Mr. McNally’s school in Baltimore, went briefly to school in Paris in the winter of 1847-1848, and graduated from Harvard University. After his marriage in 1851 to his first cousin Margaretta Sophia Howard Ridgely (1824-1904), he assumed much of the responsibility for managing the Hampton estate. The painting is signed “Robertson” on the lower right, probably for the Liverpool-born artist John E. Robertson (1820-1879) who was active as a portrait painter in Baltimore in the 1860s.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 76.2cm, W: 64.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP848
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Side Chair

Publisher/Studio:
Baltimore, MD

This chair is part of a large set with Ridgely family history that dates from the period of the construction of the house (1783-1790) and thus may have been purchased by Capt. Charles Ridgely, “The Builder” (1733-1790). Chairs from this set and another of very similar design appear in photos from the historic period, used in different  locations throughout the house. The unusual shape of the back, a design feature unique to Maryland made chairs, is referred to today as a “modified shield back.” In the Federal period, it was probably called an urn back, a reference to the design source in the arts of classical antiquity.

Description (physical):

Material: Mahogany. H: 97.5cm, W: 51.4cm, D: 44cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP19963
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site