Samuel Egerton 1711 – 1780
Egerton is seen here in a portrait by the artist Bartolomeo Nazari,
painted in 1732. Second son of the family, from 1730 to 1735 Samuel
was working as an apprentice to the art-dealer and connoisseur
Joseph Smith in Venice.
The experience of a cosmopolitan lifestyle must have had a
lasting effect on this young man, immersed as he was in the culture
and life of the city.
Master of Tatton from 1738, Samuel became the beneficiary of a
vast legacy from his uncle, Samuel Hill in 1758. From then on the
Tatton estate and the fortunes of this junior branch of the Egerton
family began to flourish.
Samuel married Beatrix Copley in 1750, though sadly the marriage
ended with Beatrix’s death in 1755. From their marriage they had
one daughter, also Beatrix who died during childbirth in 1780.
In 1754 Samuel was elected as an MP. Perhaps the most visible
legacy of his ownership of Tatton Park is the decoration of the
Dining Room. Attributed to Thomas Farnolls Pritchard of Shrewsbury,
the Rococo plasterwork in this room was added in the 1760’s.