Punch Bowl

Date:
1885
Publisher/Studio:
Burslem, Staffordshire, England: Doulton & Co., Ltd.

The somber shades of this large English pottery punch bowl reflect the new late 19th century aesthetic. Margaretta Ridgely continued to entertain numerous visiting family members and friends at Hampton during this period, thus the substantial size of this bowl would have been welcome. The bowl was later used at the Park Avenue home of her eldest and longest surviving daughter Eliza (1858-1954).

Description (physical):

Material: Earthenware. H: 28cm, Di: 47cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP10279
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

William H. Buckler

Date:
1871

This formal portrait of William H. Buckler (1867-1953), Eliza "Didy" Ridgely White Buckler’s (1828-1894) youngest child, has always been referred to by the child’s family nickname, "Little Willie." His father was Didy’s second husband, Dr. Thomas Hepburn Buckler, whom she married in 1866. The portrait of Little Willie was likely painted in France, where the family resided at that period and for many years thereafter. Little Willie grew up to be a noted diplomat and a respected classical archeologist.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 63.5cm, W: 52.2cm.

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

A Children's Ball

Date:
1843
Creator:
Sophie Latimer Hoffman

This is one of two delightful drawings depicting children at large parties with dancing done by Sophie Latimer Hoffman, a Baltimore school friend of Eliza "Didy" Ridgely (1828-1894). She sent them to Didy in 1843 along with another satirical drawing poking fun at their school mistress. Children’s costumes of that day are faithfully rendered. Also depicted are African American servants who are passing trays of food and playing music.

Description (physical):

Material: Watercolor and ink on paper. H: 23.2cm, W: 33.3cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP19876
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Eliza "didy" Ridgely

Date:
1841
Creator:
Attributed to George L. Saunders

This charming small portrait of Eliza "Didy" Ridgely (1828-1894) is likely the work of English miniaturist George L. Saunders. The Memorandum Book of Didy’s father, John Ridgely (1790-1867), records “Pd. G. L. Saunders for portrait…$122.00” in June 1841 and “Pd. G. L. Saunders bill…$606.00” the following February. Saunders also painted miniatures of both of Didy’s parents and her maternal great grandmother Eliza Eichelberger. When Didy was 13 years old, she kept a journal which illuminates a great deal about daily life at Hampton.

Description (physical):

Material: Watercolor on ivory. H: 10.8cm, W: 8.25cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP4825
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Eliza "didy" Ridgely White Buckler And William H. Buckler Ridgely

Date:
1868
Creator:
Pasquale Romanelli, (1822-1887)

This charming statue shows Eliza "Didy" Ridgely White Buckler (1828-1894) holding her infant son William H. Buckler (1867-1953). In later life, Willie Buckler said that it was sculpted “…in Rome by Romanelli in the spring of 1868.” Willie, his parents, his older half-brothers Henry and Julian White, and his cousins John and Charles Ridgely had spent six months in the Eternal City beginning in late 1867. Pasquale Romanelli’s (1812-1887) principal studio was in Florence. The statue may have actually been sculpted there when the family passed through the city on their way back to Paris.

Description (physical):

Material: Marble. L: 84cm, W: 51cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP10099
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site