The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (1736-1803), Pioneer of inland waterways

Founder of British inland navigation; succeeded as 3rd and last Duke of Bridgewater 1748; settled at Old Hall, Worsley, Lancs., 1759, devoting his life to the industrial development of his estates; with James Brindley constructed the Worsley-Manchester canal (‘the Bridgewater Canal’), opened in 1761, and the Longford Bridge-Runcorn canal, opened in 1767.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.