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

Wager

Date:
1809
Creator:
Charles Ridgely (written to Myles Seldon)

A proposed bet made between Gov. Charles Ridgely and Myles Seldon, concerning a race to be run in October 1809 by Ridgely's renowned Thoroughbred "Post Boy" and Mr. Wilkes' horse "Potomac." The wager was proposed on January 10, 1809 for the astounding sum of $10,000, nearly half a million dollars in today’s money.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 27cm, W: 21.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP3514
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

Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely

Date:
1950 (after 1818 original)
Creator:
C. G. Stapko (after Thomas Sully)

In 1828, John Ridgely married his second wife, Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely (1803-1867), daughter of Nicholas Greenbury Ridgely (1770-1829), a prominent and prosperous Baltimore merchant. Although the two believed they were distant cousins, no common descent for the two Ridgely families has been unquestionably established. Considered “one of the loveliest & most accomplished women ever raised in the city of Baltimore,” Eliza was well educated by the standards of the day, fluent in French and Italian, and an international traveler with sophisticated taste. She was particularly renowned as a horticulturalist and made numerous improvements to the gardens and grounds of Hampton. Her famous portrait at age 15 by Thomas Sully (1783-1872), "Lady with a Harp," also reflects her musical talents. The sale of the original painting to National Gallery of Art led to the preservation of Hampton and its gift to the National Park Service in 1948.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 214.7cm, W: 134cm.     

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1190
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Barouche

Date:
1830-1850
Creator:
John R. Lawrence
Publisher/Studio:
New York

Horses played a major role in the life at Hampton under third master John Ridgely. Rather than continuing his father Charles Carnan Ridgely’s focus on horseracing, John was especially interested in swift carriage horses. He also purchased expensive carriages such as this to transport his family in style. Note the Ridgely crest painted on the door.

Description (physical):

Material: Wood, Iron, Silver, Brass, Leather, Glass. H: 156cm, W: 99.5cm, L: 186cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP2920
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Vases (pair)

Date:
1830-1860
Publisher/Studio:
Paris

The lavish use of floral motifs on these vases is in keeping with Eliza Ridgely’s love of horticulture and the natural world. She may have acquired them during her sojourn in Paris in 1846-1848.

Description (physical):

Material: Porcelain. H: 32.5cm, W: 19cm, D: 13cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP10246_10247
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

Charles Ridgely

Date:
1873
Creator:
William Henry Rinehart

In 1870, Charles Ridgely (1830-1872) went abroad with his family for an extended trip to Europe. Even while away, however, he remained very interested in Hampton and maintained an active correspondence with the estate managers. Unfortunately, while visiting Rome in the spring of 1872, he was stricken with typhoid fever and died. This portrait bust, signed “Wm H. Rinehart, SCULP+ ROMA 1873,” is posthumous, though it is possible that Charles had sat for sketches with the sculptor before his untimely death. William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874), a native of Maryland who is regarded as one of this country’s greatest sculptors, maintained a studio in Rome from 1858 until his death.

Description (physical):

Material: Marble. H: 58.5cm, W: 33.2cm, D: 23.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1161
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Punch Bowl

Date:
1885
Publisher/Studio:
Burslem, Staffordshire, England: Doulton & Co., Ltd.

The somber shades of this large English pottery punch bowl reflect the new late 19th century aesthetic. Margaretta Ridgely continued to entertain numerous visiting family members and friends at Hampton during this period, thus the substantial size of this bowl would have been welcome. The bowl was later used at the Park Avenue home of her eldest and longest surviving daughter Eliza (1858-1954).

Description (physical):

Material: Earthenware. H: 28cm, Di: 47cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP10279
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Ring With Box

Date:
1847
Publisher/Studio:
Greece

This ring commemorates Charles Ridgely’s (1830-1872) first trip abroad in 1846-1848. He accompanied his parents and sister on a Grand Tour that included visits to “Pisa, Florence, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Messina, Syracuse, Malta, Athens, Smyrna, Constantinople, Syra, Corfu, Trieste, Venice, Vienna, Freuwaldau, Graffenberg, Prague, Dresden, Leipsig, Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Hamm, Cologne, Leige, Brussels, [and] Paris,” as he recorded in his travel journal. A tag accompanying the ring states "Presented to/ the late Charles/ Ridgely of H/ when a youth by a Greek or// Turkish friend/ of his Parents/ while traveling/ in Greece.  Device/ ‘There is Safety in Silence.’”

Description (physical):

Material: Gold, Carnelian, Leather, Silk. L: 1.8cm, W: 1.9cm, D: 1.9cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP17995
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site