(1800 – 1879)

The 5th Duke of Portland is probably best known for his subterranean building works, including The Gas Works, built about 1860, which lit his underground structures and is now home to The Harley Gallery.  He was also a keen collector and The Portland Collection remains home to many pieces which he had chosen.

He bought more than 50 paintings, including works by Reynolds and Mytens, over 70 miniatures and an extraordinary array of ceramics.

An exhibition about the 5th Duke of Portland showed at the Harley Gallery from 2003 – 2005.

Image: William John Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, 5th Duke of Portland, Richard Dighton, 19th century.