Born in London into an artistic family, his father was the painter
and etcher Alfred Walter Bayes, and his brother the painter Walter
He studied at the City and Guilds College, Finsbury,
and at the RA
Schools, 1896-9. After winning the Gold Medal and
Travelling Scholarship, 1899, he studied in Paris and exhibited at
the 1900 Exposition Universale.
His fine art work was often
inspired by the Classics and Wagner's operas, but his architectural
and public sculpture was more conventional in subject and style.
He executed the portrait statues of Sir William Chambers and
Sir Charles Barry on the Victoria and Albert Museum;
the statue of Joseph Priestly
J J Burnet
's Institute of Chemistry, Russell Square, London
(1914); and the bronze on the doors of the New South Wales Art
Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
One of his best known works is the bronze
group at the entrance to Selfridges, Oxford Street, London (1928).
His only Glasgow commission was for the Classical relief
former Commercial Bank of Scotland, 30 Bothwell Street
(1934-5), which were carved in Portland stone by
He was elected an HRI
, 1918, and was awarded the RBS
1935. From 1939-44, he served as PRBS
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