John Bowes was born in Oldham, the son of a doctor. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School where he received his first general art training. Bowes spent two years studying portraiture under WH Wilkinson of Manchester, but was virtually self-taught and has held no official posts. Bowes was Associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy, 1955, and a member of Manchester Academy, Liverpool Academy and the Liver Sketching Club. He was also a founder member of the Lancashire Group of Artists. He exhibited at the Liverpool Artists' Exhibition at Bluecoat Chambers in 1939 and the Liver Sketching Club. This work was found in the frame behind WAG 6258 'The Bar' by the same artist in September 1975. WAG 6258 was purchased in 1964.