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Stephanie L. Barczewski

Ritson, Joseph (1752–1803), antiquary, was born on 2 October 1752 at Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, the son of Joseph Ritson sen. (d. 1778) and his wife, Jane, née Gibson (d. 1780). Ritson's ancestors were Westmorland peasantry who had lived near Hackthorpe and ...


Joseph Ritson (1752–1803) by James Sayers, pubd 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London