Margaretta S. Ridgely With Three Children

Date:
1898

Margaretta S. Ridgely (1869-1949) was the youngest daughter of Charles (1830-1872) and Margaretta Howard Ridgely (1824-1904). After her mother’s death, she became an Episcopal missionary in Africa, founding a girl’s school in Liberia where she spent 28 years. The Liberian government eventually awarded her a knighthood in the “Humane Order of African Redemption.” The three children she is reading to may be children of Hampton tenant farmers.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 8cm, W: 8.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP20430
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

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

School Exercise Book

Date:
1805
Creator:
John Carnan Ridgely

Entitled “Metaphysics” by young John Ridgely (1790-1867), the notebook contains a collection of his handwritten notes in Latin. John was educated both by tutors at Hampton and in small private schools in Baltimore.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 33cm, W: 21cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP14834
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

John Ridgely, Jr.

Date:
1940

The Hampton herd of registered Jersey cattle continued to be a significant part of the life and business of the estate into the mid-20th century. John Ridgely, Jr. (1882-1959) is seen in this snapshot taken from the Ridgely family’s final decade as owners of Hampton with two fine calves from the herd.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 20cm, W: 25cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP4325
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

John Ridgely, Jr.

Date:
1951
Creator:
Stanislav Rembski

John Ridgely, Jr. (1882-1959), the son of Capt. John Ridgely (1851-1938) and Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1854-1929), was the sixth and final master of the Hampton estate. In the late 1920s, he established the Hampton Development Company which constructed and sold houses on Hampton lands near the heart of the Home Farm. John was responsible for selling the mansion with some of its furnishings and 43 acres of land to the National Park Service in 1947 with funds for the purchase and restoration provided by the Avalon Foundation, a Mellon family foundation. This portrait by Stanislaw Rembski (1896-1998), a Polish immigrant who became a leading portrait painter in mid-20th century Baltimore, shows John after he and his second wife Jane Rodney Ridgely (1902-1978) had left Hampton and moved to the Hampton Lower House across the road.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 88.9cm, W: 63.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP2604
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Catalogue Of The "Hampton" Herd

Date:
1882
Creator:
John Ridgely
Publisher/Studio:
Baltimore, MD: John Cox

Capt. John Ridgely was especially interested in Hampton’s prize-winning herd of Jersey dairy cattle. In this booklet, he meticulously recorded the names, birth dates, heritage, and features of each cow. His wife, Helen West Stewart Ridgely, later annotated the entries with “dead” or “sold” as appropriate.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 20cm, W: 12.5cm.        

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP22743
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely

Date:
1950 (after 1818 original)
Creator:
C. G. Stapko (after Thomas Sully)

In 1828, John Ridgely married his second wife, Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely (1803-1867), daughter of Nicholas Greenbury Ridgely (1770-1829), a prominent and prosperous Baltimore merchant. Although the two believed they were distant cousins, no common descent for the two Ridgely families has been unquestionably established. Considered “one of the loveliest & most accomplished women ever raised in the city of Baltimore,” Eliza was well educated by the standards of the day, fluent in French and Italian, and an international traveler with sophisticated taste. She was particularly renowned as a horticulturalist and made numerous improvements to the gardens and grounds of Hampton. Her famous portrait at age 15 by Thomas Sully (1783-1872), "Lady with a Harp," also reflects her musical talents. The sale of the original painting to National Gallery of Art led to the preservation of Hampton and its gift to the National Park Service in 1948.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 214.7cm, W: 134cm.     

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1190
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

John Carnan Ridgely

Date:
1841
Creator:
Thomas Sully

John Ridgely (1790-1867) was the first child born in Hampton Hall and third master of the estate.  He became the heir after the untimely death of his elder brother, Charles Carnan Ridgely, Jr. (1783-1819). When his father Charles Carnan Ridgely died in 1829, the Hampton “empire” was largely reduced. John's inheritance encompassed only a courtesy entail of about 4,500 acres. John's life was not marked by the ambition or prominence of Hampton's first two masters. He never held public office; his interests were largely confined to his estate and its development and improvement. A family member later observed, “He had a great passion for horses and the out door life” and for driving carriages at “full speed,” whereby he “was accustomed to do the [10-mile] distance from the City to Hampton in an hour or less.” The leading American portraitist Thomas Sully (1783-1872) painted this flattering yet accurate depiction late in his lengthy career.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 76.8cm, W: 64.1cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1114
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Family Bible

Date:
1800

Priscilla Dorsey Ridgely inscribed this copy of the bible. Like her older sister Rebecca, the first mistress of Hampton, she was a pious and ardent supporter of the Methodist denomination.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper, Leather, Brass. L: 26cm, W: 20.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP506
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site