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Patrick Miller (1731-1815), Pioneer of steam navigation

Sitter in 4 portraits
Banker and inventor, Miller made a fortune through the rapid economic expansion of Glasgow during the second half of the eighteenth century. He moved from trade to banking and attained the office of deputy governor of the Bank of Scotland, 1790. An early admirer and patron of the poet Robert Burns, in later life he devoted himself to agriculture, ordnance and ship design. In 1788, he worked alongside the engineer William Symington to design the world's first steam-propelled boat, an important milestone of the Industrial Revolution.

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Patrick Miller

attributed to Sir George Chalmers
oil on canvas, circa 1770
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2009


Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075


Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
NPG 1075a