Gilbert Bayes

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The Queen of Time, Selfridges, London, 1928
Destiny, war memorial, Albion Gardens, Ramsgate, Kent, 1920
Stone sculpture of a seated man holding a lyre, between two kneeling figures
Prehistoric Period
Stone sculpture of a seated woman holding a torch, between a child and a crouching man
Classic period
National Museum Cardiff, 1914–1915

Gilbert William Bayes RA (4 April 1872 – 1953) was a British sculptor and medalist.

Career[edit]

Born in London into a family of artists, Bayes' lengthy and illustrious career began as a student under Sir George Frampton and Harry Bates,[1] and so became associated with the British New Sculpture movement and its focus on architectural sculpture.

Bayes is perhaps best remembered for his interest in color, his association with the Royal Doulton Company, and his work in polychrome ceramics and enamelled bronze. His major ceramic frieze at the Doulton Headquarters of 1938 was removed in the 1960s when the building was razed, and re-located to the gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum which bears his name. He also designed a number of war memorials, with public work throughout the former Empire, from New South Wales to Bangalore.

He eventually served as President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors from 1939 through 1944. He died in London in 1953. Bayes' home at 4 Greville Place in St. John's Wood bears a blue plaque placed by English Heritage in 2007.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1906, Bayes married Gertrude Smith, a fellow sculptor, in Farnham, Surrey. They had two children:

  • Eleanor Jean Gilbert Bayes (1908–1999), also an artist
  • Geoffrey Gilbert Bayes (1912–2001)

Work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Public sculpture of Glasgow By Raymond McKenzie, Gary Nisbet
  2. ^ "BAYES, GILBERT (1931-1953)". English Heritage. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  3. ^ Newman, John (1995). Glamorgan. The Buildings of Wales. London: Penguin. p. 228. 
  4. ^ http://heritage.elettra.co.uk/artdeco/profile.php?building=bbc

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