Variously a banker’s clerk, sculptor and dealer in statuary, boarding-house keeper, printing-machinery inventor and hotelier, Bayly was born on 6th November 1830 at 46 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London. His father was Philip Edward Bayly (1783–1855) whose family had moved from Yorkshire to Ireland in the mid-17th century. His Irish mother was Jane Bready, originally from either Co. Dublin or Co. Wicklow, and they married in Dublin in 1826. She may have been his second wife since he appears to have had a daughter called Louisa, born about 1814. Philip Bayly was a clothing merchant with premises at 117 Grafton Street, Dublin, until the firm closed in 1847/1848, although he had by then long since moved to London. From at least 1832 to 1848, the family lived at 76 Norton Street, Fitzroy Square, but left there before Jane Bayly died on 18th September 1849.

Text source: Art Detective

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