Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely

Date:
1767
Creator:
John Hesselius

The wife of Captain Charles Ridgely (1733-1790), builder of Hampton, Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely (1739-1812) was the daughter of Caleb Dorsey of “Belmont,” an Anne Arundel County iron master. The two were married in 1760, the year Capt. Ridgely with his father and brother John established the Northampton Iron Works. This portrait and the one of Capt. Ridgely were painted by the noted American artist John Hesselius, who by 1763 was living in Annapolis and painting many portraits of Maryland’s landed gentry. Although fashionably dressed in luxurious clothing for this portrait, Rebecca later became an ardent convert to Methodism, and was a friend and supporter of the earliest Methodist preacher in America, Robert Strawbridge.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on Canvass. H: 75cm, W: 63.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1145
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Saucers And Waste Bowl

Date:
1785
Publisher/Studio:
Sevrés, France

A few pieces survive from an elegant Sevrés porcelain tea service ordered by Rebecca Dorsey Ridgely. It is decorated with figures of French peasants.

Description (physical):

Material: Porcelain. H: 3.2cm, Di: 13.3cm; H: 8cm, Di: 17.1cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP34404_34406_34407
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site