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

Eliza Ridgely III

Date:
1862

Little Miss Eliza Ridgely (1858-1954) looks none too happy to be having her photograph taken in a Baltimore studio. She pays little attention to the doll lying on her lap. The eldest daughter of Charles and Margaretta Howard Ridgely was named for her grandmother and aunt. She became a social reformer and activist in Baltimore, founding the United Women of Maryland which championed assistance for the underprivileged, especially woman.

Description (physical):

Studio photograph. Paper, cardboard. H: 9.1cm, W: 6cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP18050
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Henry White

Date:
1858
Creator:
Pasquale Romanelli, (1822-1887)

Henry White II (1850-1927), eldest grandson of John and Eliza Ridgely, accompanied by his mother Eliza “Didy” Ridgely White and brother Julian White visited to Florence, Italy in the winter of 1857-58. A group of three statues, the first of several pieces of statuary ordered by Didy, were commissioned from Pasquale Romanelli (1812-1887), a leading sculptor in the city. This portrait of Henry shows him attired in neoclassical garb with a greyhound at his side. Henry later became a prominent diplomat, serving as ambassador to both Italy and France.

Description (physical):

Material: Marble. H: 139.7cm, Di: 53.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP22238
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site