Daguerreotype

Date:
1863

Daguerreotype of an unknown man.

Description (physical):

Case W 6.4, H 1.5 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0010
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Amy Watson

Date:
1872
Creator:
Thomas B. Welch, (1814-1874)

A family friend of the Ridgelys who was traveling with them in Europe in the early 1870s, the girl in this portrait was painted in Paris by expatriate artist and engraver Thomas B. Welch (1814-1874). The artist also completed a companion portrait of Margaretta Sophia Ridgely (1869-1949), the youngest child of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely who was known in the family as Margy.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 45.7cm, W: 38cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1108
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

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

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

Priscilla Dorsey Ridgely

Date:
1805
Creator:
Rembrandt Peale (copy)

In 1782, Charles Ridgely Carnan married Priscilla Hill Dorsey (1762-1814), the youngest sister of his uncle Capt. Charles Ridgely’s wife, Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely. The first two mistresses of Hampton were sisters. During her 22-year marriage, she bore her husband 14 children, and 11  survived to adulthood, a remarkable percentage in those days. Like her older sister, Priscilla was an ardent Methodist renowned for her piety, a trait she passed on to most of her eight daughters. The restrained style of her clothing as seen in this portrait further reflects her Methodist views. The painting at Hampton is an early 19th century copy of the original by Rembrandt Peale, now owned by the State of Maryland and exhibited at the Governor’s Mansion in Annapolis.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 75cm, W: 62.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1094
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Charles Carnan Ridgely

Date:
1950 (after 1820 original)
Creator:
C. G. Stapko (after Thomas Sully)

Charles Carnan Ridgely (1760-1829), son of John and Achsah Ridgely Carnan, sister of Captain Charles Ridgely (1733-1790), was educated and trained in business by his uncle. When Capt. Ridgely died childless in 1790, Charles Ridgely Carnan inherited the Hampton estate, iron furnaces, and additional property, on the condition he change his surname to Ridgely. Charles Carnan Ridgely eventually owned more than 25,000 acres of land in northern Maryland and over 300 slaves. In addition to his vast agricultural, industrial, and commercial interests, he served as a representative from Baltimore County in the Maryland legislature from 1790-1795, as a state senator from 1796-1800, and as a three-term governor of Maryland, ending in 1819. Known throughout his life as General Ridgely, Charles Carnan Ridgely’s military record culminated with his appointment as a brigadier general in the state militia in 1796. His original 1820 portrait by Thomas Sully was donated by John Ridgely, Jr. to National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1945.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on Canvass. H: 122cm, W: 97.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1189
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Date:
1883
Creator:
Sarah J. Eddy

Douglass is holding the baton that symbolized his authority during his tenure as marshal of the District of Columbia. Douglass sat for this portrait during two visits to Rhode Island in the spring and summer of 1883. The artist, Eddy, was a sculptress and painter and a member of the wealthy Rhode Island family. She was active in reform, abolition and feminism movements.

Description (physical):

Canvas, oil. H 163, W 124.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 125
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Photograph by B.E. Hawkins, Steubenville, OH

Description (physical):

Paper. L 10, W 6.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3937
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Description (physical):

Paper. L 10.6, W 6.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3935
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site