Walter Bayes was a founding member of the Allied Artists Association, through which he met Walter Sickert – both would later become founding members of the Camden Town Group. Primarily recognised as a critic and teacher, Bayes was also an accomplished artist celebrated for his precision and fastidious approach to painting. His obituary in The Times stated that ‘it might be an overstatement to say Bayes was too intellectual for a painter, but it is certainly true to say that he excelled in what has been called the science of picture making, including perspective and the proportioning and balancing of colour.’ Created while he was working as a lecturer in perspective at the Royal Academy Schools, Box at the Lyceum Theatre demonstrates Bayes’ commitment to considering an image in its entirety and his rigorous efforts to ensure balance in his paintings,
as well as his interest in the decorative arts.
- Artwork Details: 53.3 x 45.7cm
- Material description: oil on canvas
- Credit line: © the artist
- Theme: Figurative
- Medium: Painting
- Accession number: AC 84