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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.