04 April 2009

Bronze Medallist

On this day in 1872, Gilbert Bayes was born in London, England. Bayes, the son of a painter and etcher, created the carved gesso panel, Unicorns in Battle,* above the main fireplace in the Queen Mary's first class lounge. He also created The Sea King's Daughter, one of four bronze statuettes that occupied a niche in each corner of the room. Today, the statuette may be seen in the Queen Mary's art gallery on R deck. 

*Executed with fellow artist Alfred J. Oakley

The Sea King's Daughter by Gilbert Bayes

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