Helen West Stewart Ridgely

Date:
1904
Creator:
Florence Maccubbin

Helen West Stewart Ridgely (1854-1929) was the wife of Hampton’s fifth master, Capt. John Ridgely (1851-1938). She was a highly accomplished woman: a talented writer, antiquarian, artist, genealogist, manager, and hostess. She was the author of two books still considered standard references, The Old Brick Churches of Maryland (1894) and Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia (1908). A friend of the Theodore Roosevelts, she describes in her diary collecting eggs from Hampton’s chickens one morning before changing clothes and catching the train to go to tea at the White House in the afternoon. This sensitive pastel portrait is by Florence Mackubin (1866–1918), a prominent society portrait artist in early 20th century Baltimore with whom Helen was associated through their membership in the Colonial Dames of America.

Description (physical):

Material: Pastel on paper. H: 48.2cm, W: 39.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP15602
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Captain John Ridgely Helen West Stewart Ridgely

Date:
1873

These are unusual photographs on glass from the early 1870s. Capt. John Ridgely (1851-1938) was then a young man dressed in a suit, tie, and academic robes. John had completed his education at Trinity College, Cambridge University in England before returning to Hampton after his father Charles Ridgely’s (1830-1872) death while abroad in 1872. The photographs may have been taken around the time of John’s engagement to Helen West Stewart (1854-1929) of Baltimore in 1873. Although Helen had been born and raised in Baltimore, she actually met her future husband while traveling in Europe in 1871. The couple had eight children together.

Description (physical):

Material: Glass. H: 6cm, W: 5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP22317_22318
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