The Japanese Consul – The Life of James Lord Bowes in Liverpool
Published in 2013, this book by local author L.S. Smith reveals the fascinating life of wealthy Liverpool wool broker James Lord Bowes. Virtually unknown to present-day Liverpudlians, Bowes was one of the movers and shakers of Victorian Liverpool.
However, as a collector and authority on Japanese artwork, Bowes is better known worldwide. He wrote a number of still highly regarded books, some in conjunction with the noted architect and fellow Japanophile George Audsley. Bowes was also Japan's very first Honorary Consul, an indication of the esteem in which he, and Liverpool, were held by the Emperor of Japan.
Living in some splendour in the house Audsley built for him in Princes Road, then Liverpool's most elegant boulevard (his house is still there), Bowes put his enormous collection of Japanese artworks (said to be the finest anywhere, including Japan) to good use by setting up a Japanese Museum in 1890 in the heart of Toxteth.
This book, the first to shed light on the life of James Lord Bowes, has been printed in a limited edition of 500 copies and is likely to become a collector's item. It contains 176 pages and is profusely illustrated with over 200 black and white and colour images.
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