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image of Lady with a Harp: Eliza Ridgely Thomas Sully (artist)
American, 1783 - 1872
Lady with a Harp: Eliza Ridgely, 1818
oil on canvas
overall: 214.5 x 142.5 cm (84 7/16 x 56 1/8 in.) framed: 242.6 x 172.1 x 9.8 cm (95 1/2 x 67 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.)
Gift of Maude Monell Vetlesen
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From the Tour: American Portraits of the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 6 of 8


The sitter's son, Charles Ridgely [1830-1872], Hampton, Towson, Maryland;[1] his son, Captain John Ridgely [1851-1938], Hampton, Towson, Maryland; his son, John Ridgely, Jr. [1882-1959], Hampton, Towson, Maryland; purchased 1945 by NGA.

[1] The portrait was commissioned by the sitter's father, Nicholas Ridgely, who received it in the early fall of 1818. Records at Hampton National Historic Site do not indicate when the portrait came to Hampton, but the most probable period was somewhere between January of 1828, when Eliza married John Ridgely, and December of 1829, when her father died. Eliza was the principal heir to her father's estate, and received everything apart from a few specific bequests. (See letter of 24 October 1997 from Lynn Dakin Hastings, Curator and Acting Superintendent of Hampton National Historic Site, in NGA curatorial files.)

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