During his time in South Africa, Bowler travelled widely in the Cape Colony, and visited Knysna and Port Elizabeth along the Garden Route. His journeys produced a large number of paintings and sketches such as The Kaffir Wars and the British Settlers in South Africa (1865), and the Pictorial album of Cape Town, with views of Simonstown, Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown (1866).
Also in 1866 was Bowler’s voyage to Mauritius. He planned to publish a portfolio of 20 lithographs of views on the island, but support was not forthcoming. Seven of the original watercolours are in South Africa, while at least three are in Mauritius.
Bowler played a leading role in the founding and legalising of Art Unions at the Cape. Being of a quarrelsome nature, his frequent disagreements were regularly aired in the local press.
In August 1868 he travelled to England via Mauritius and Egypt to arrange the production of his portfolio Twenty Views of Mauritius, but died soon after arrival. Bowler produced some 540 watercolours, oil paintings and sketches of which 64 were published as lithographs. Two of his works were published as engravings, not counting his illustrations for books and magazines. His works are held in the African Homes Trust Collection, the Cape Archives, and the Mendelssohn Collection in the Library of Parliament.
He was married twice, to Jane Hawthorne and Maria Jolly, the marriages producing ten children.
Retouched portrait photograph of Thomas Bower specially lithographed for this book on blue paper tipped in as frontispiece. With colour and monochrome plates throughout. As well as a full-size colour facsimile reproduction of the “Arrival of the East Indiaman ‘St Lawrence’ in Table Bay” is tipped in at the end of the book. Various line drawings included. 318 Pages. Heavy item. May incur additional shipping charges. A superb copy. 1st Edition. Condition: Near fine. Some tape marks to the feps. Dustjacket: Near fine Binding: Hardcover. Pale green cloth boards. Covered in a protective sleeve for extra protection. See OUR OWN photograph of the book for quality control