Sir John Drake was a distant descendant of the famous Elizabethan commander Sir Francis Drake. He lived at Ashe, near Musbury in Devon. He is shown in armour, and may have seen active service during the Civil War, fighting for the Parliamentarians. Despite this, he was created a baronet at the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. The artist Edward Bower worked particularly for the Parliamentarians during the war, and probably painted this portrait in Bath in 1646. He would later paint the final portrait of Charles I, Charles I at his Trial 1648.