British sculptor, born in London, the son of AlfredWalterBayes (1832–1909), a painter and etcher. A leading exponent of the New Sculpture, he concentrated on romantic themes taken from such sources as medieval chivalry and Wagner, and his work was much admired by conservative critics. One such critic, Herbert Maryon, wrote that Bayes's small bronze Sigurd (c.1910, Tate), judged as a ‘decorative composition’, was ‘unsurpassed by any other equestrian group in existence’ (Modern Sculpture, 1933). Bayes's other works include the stone relief of sporting figures (1934) outside Lord's cricket ground, London, and the design of the Great Seal of King George V. He wrote Modelling for Sculpture: A Book for the Beginner (1930).
His brother, WalterBayes (1869–1956), was a painter and writer on art. He was art critic of the Athenaeum from 1906 to 1916 (succeeding Roger Fry), a founder member of the Camden Town Group (1911) and of the London Group (1913), and a highly regarded teacher as principal of Westminster Art School, 1919–34, and director of painting at the Lancaster School of Arts and Crafts, 1944–9. His work as a painter consisted mainly of figure subjects, landscapes, and decorations. He wrote several books, including The Art of Decorative Painting (1927) and A Painter's Baggage (1932). JessieBayes (1876–1970), their sister, was a painter, noted for her work as a miniaturist.