J. Bowen [facsimile signature]
Printed by Graf & Sorel [n.d., c.1825]
Lithograph with tintstone, very rare with large margins; printed area 330 x 240mm (13 x 9½"). Tear to left margin.
Portrait of James Bowen (1751-1835), naval officer. First at sea in the merchant service, Bowen commanded ships in the Mediterranean and West Indies, as well as operating in convoy service, before becoming a commissioner of the transport board (1803, at Lord St Vincent's suggestion) and of the navy (1816). 'Bowen was an outstanding seaman, as his selection by Howe in 1793 [as master of the flagship 'Queen Charlotte'] testifies. His resolute conduct during the battle of 1 June 1794 earned him a place on the quarter-deck, and his ability an early rise to captain. He was equally effective in administrative posts, and St Vincent's support is evidence of his all-round ability at the higher level' (DNB). Various places in Canada & Australia have been named after him.
Only printed likeness listed in DNB and O'D.
[Ref: 31937] £260.00