Bowen, James (d.1774) (DNB00)
BOWEN, JAMES (d. 1774), painter and topographer, was a native of Shrewsbury, where he died in 1774 (Leighton, Guide through Shrewsbury, p. 182). He made a copious collection for a history of Shropshire, having taken church notes, sketches of monuments, transcripts of records, &c., when he was accompanying Mr. Mytton through the county (Gough's Topography, ii. 176). One of Bowen's works is a view of the church of Mary in the Battlefield, Shrewsbury (ib. p. 184), and he produced also some useful maps (ib. p. 185). Gough bought all the genealogical and topographical materials which Bowen had amassed, and they form part of the manuscripts and similar relics which Gough bequeathed to the Bodleian Library.
[Leighton's Guide through Shrewsbury, p. 182; Gent. Mag. vol. cii. pt. ii. p. 185; Gough's Topography, ii. 176.]