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

Teapot On Stand

Date:
1780
Creator:
Joseph Toy
Publisher/Studio:
Abingdon, MD

This simple drum shaped teapot reflects the reserved manner and plain tastes of its owner, Priscilla Dorsey Ridgely. It was made by a Quaker silversmith, Joseph Toy, who worked in the small Harford County village of Abingdon. Toy also made a virtually identical teapot for Priscilla’s sister Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely.

Description (physical):

Material: Silver. H: 13cm, W: 24.1cm; H: 2.8cm, Di: 14cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP3502_3503
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