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, Charles Ridgely, Henry White Ii, And Julian Leroy White

Date:
1856
Creator:
John Carlin

Although to our modern eyes some of the children in this painting may appear to be girls due to their clothing, all the individuals depicted are boys. John Ridgely (1851-1938) and his brother Charles Ridgely (1853-1873) (on the right) are shown with their first cousins Henry White II (1850-1927) and Julian Leroy White (1853-1923), enjoying the pastimes provided by the countryside around Hampton. The mansion’s cupola can be seen in the background of the painting.

Description (physical):

Material: Oil on canvas. H: 49.8, W: 60.9 cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP1128
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Cinderella Or The Little Glass Slipper

Date:
1830
Publisher/Studio:
London: Griffith & Farran

This book was inscribed by Margaretta S. Ridgely (1869-1949) who may have acquired it in London as a child during her family’s visit in 1870. However, it may have first been owned by her mother Margaretta Howard Ridgely (1824-1904). The book can be dated by the style of the fashions in the charming illustrations.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 17.3cm, W: 11.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP3589
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

A Children's Ball

Date:
1843
Creator:
Sophie Latimer Hoffman

This is one of two delightful drawings depicting children at large parties with dancing done by Sophie Latimer Hoffman, a Baltimore school friend of Eliza "Didy" Ridgely (1828-1894). She sent them to Didy in 1843 along with another satirical drawing poking fun at their school mistress. Children’s costumes of that day are faithfully rendered. Also depicted are African American servants who are passing trays of food and playing music.

Description (physical):

Material: Watercolor and ink on paper. H: 23.2cm, W: 33.3cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP19876
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Evil Deeds And Evil Consequences

Date:
1850

Evil Deeds and Evil Consequences was given as a Christmas present to Charles Ridgely, Jr. (1853-1873) in 1857 by his great, great Uncle Otho Eichelberger, who perhaps felt the four year old needed some firm admonition. The remarkable and vivid illustrations and stories might scare a child into good behavior.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 25.4cm, W: 20.4cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP7634
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

School Exercise Book

Date:
1805
Creator:
John Carnan Ridgely

Entitled “Metaphysics” by young John Ridgely (1790-1867), the notebook contains a collection of his handwritten notes in Latin. John was educated both by tutors at Hampton and in small private schools in Baltimore.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 33cm, W: 21cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP14834
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Notebook

Date:
1847
Creator:
Charles Ridgely

During a lengthy trip abroad in 1846-1848, Charles Ridgely (1830-1872) and his family lived for extended periods of time in Paris. During this time, the teenager’s education was not neglected, and he attended school. This notebook, written in French, records his chemistry lessons, with most notes about French chemist Alfred Ronseleur's (d. 1879) experiments in electroplating.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 21.5cm, W: 13cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP20804
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Eliza "didy" Ridgely

Date:
1841
Creator:
Attributed to George L. Saunders

This charming small portrait of Eliza "Didy" Ridgely (1828-1894) is likely the work of English miniaturist George L. Saunders. The Memorandum Book of Didy’s father, John Ridgely (1790-1867), records “Pd. G. L. Saunders for portrait…$122.00” in June 1841 and “Pd. G. L. Saunders bill…$606.00” the following February. Saunders also painted miniatures of both of Didy’s parents and her maternal great grandmother Eliza Eichelberger. When Didy was 13 years old, she kept a journal which illuminates a great deal about daily life at Hampton.

Description (physical):

Material: Watercolor on ivory. H: 10.8cm, W: 8.25cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP4825
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Eliza "didy" Ridgely White Buckler And William H. Buckler Ridgely

Date:
1868
Creator:
Pasquale Romanelli, (1822-1887)

This charming statue shows Eliza "Didy" Ridgely White Buckler (1828-1894) holding her infant son William H. Buckler (1867-1953). In later life, Willie Buckler said that it was sculpted “…in Rome by Romanelli in the spring of 1868.” Willie, his parents, his older half-brothers Henry and Julian White, and his cousins John and Charles Ridgely had spent six months in the Eternal City beginning in late 1867. Pasquale Romanelli’s (1812-1887) principal studio was in Florence. The statue may have actually been sculpted there when the family passed through the city on their way back to Paris.

Description (physical):

Material: Marble. L: 84cm, W: 51cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP10099
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