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 (4 April 1872 – 10 July 1953) was an English sculptor.[1]


Bayes was born in London into a family of artists, his father being Alfred Walter Bayes, an established artist at the time. He was one of four children and brother to both the well-known artist and critic Walter Bayes, and to the Arts & Crafts designer Jessie Bayes. Bayes' lengthy and illustrious career began as a student under Sir George Frampton and Harry Bates,[2] 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 colour, 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 works throughout the former British Empire, from New South Wales to Bangalore.

Bayes served as President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, PRBS, from 1939 through 1944, and of the Ealing Art Group from 1947-1953. 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.[3]

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)



  1. ^ a b Ian Chilvers (2004). The Oxford Dictionary of Art. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0 19 860476 9.
  2. ^ Public sculpture of Glasgow By Raymond McKenzie, Gary Nisbet
  3. ^ "BAYES, GILBERT (1931-1953)". English Heritage. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  4. ^ Newman, John (1995). Glamorgan. The Buildings of Wales. London: Penguin. p. 228.
  5. ^ AGNSW Catalogue references Offerings of Peace and Offerings of War
  6. ^ "SEGRAVE TROPHY". The Sydney Morning Herald (29, 477). 25 June 1932. p. 9. Retrieved 14 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE". The Mercury. CXXXVI (20, 222). Tasmania. 1 June 1932. p. 3. Retrieved 14 December 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Roland Jeffery, Housing Happenings in Somers Town in Housing the Twentieth Century Nation, Twentieth Century Architecture No 9, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9556687-0-8
  9. ^ BBC Broadcasting House reliefs

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