Portrait of the day: James Brindley

    James Brindley,    by Francis Parsons,    1770,    NPG 6170,    © National Portrait Gallery, London James Brindley, by Francis Parsons, 1770, NPG 6170, © National Portrait Gallery, London

Learn more about this portrait of James Brindley by Francis Parsons.

The engineer James Brindley began business as a repairer of old machinery at Leek, Staffordshire, in 1742. Commissioned by the Duke of Bridgewater to build a canal from Worsley to Salford in 1759, he subsequently constructed about 350 miles of canals, including the 'Bridgewater' linking Manchester to Liverpool and the 'Grand Trunk' linking Manchester to the Potteries. Brindley is shown in this painting, dated 1770, with his surveying instrument and a view of the celebrated Barton Aqueduct which carried the Bridgwater canal over the River Irwell near Manchester.

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15 February 2024, 12.30-13.00

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