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

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

Barouche

Date:
1830-1850
Creator:
John R. Lawrence
Publisher/Studio:
New York

Horses played a major role in the life at Hampton under third master John Ridgely. Rather than continuing his father Charles Carnan Ridgely’s focus on horseracing, John was especially interested in swift carriage horses. He also purchased expensive carriages such as this to transport his family in style. Note the Ridgely crest painted on the door.

Description (physical):

Material: Wood, Iron, Silver, Brass, Leather, Glass. H: 156cm, W: 99.5cm, L: 186cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP2920
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