He worked at the Plymouth Dockyard. He later painted in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1815), Montreal and New New York He later returned to England and patented a new system for drilling screws at the shipyard.
He is a descendant of Sir Francis Drake.
Drake was a student of the Royal Academy in London. Drake"s painting of the Last Supper hangs in the new Christ Church Cathedral, on Saint Catherine Street, Montreal (1825).