Bryant Baker, 1881-1970
Bryant Baker was born on 8 July 1881 in London, England, the son and grandson of sculptors and stone carvers and the brother of sculptor Robert Baker. He was apprenticed to his father and learned the trade while engaging in mainly ecclesiastic and architectural projects — notably at Beverley Minister and the Victoria and Albert Museum. From 1901 until 1907 he studied at the City and Guild Technical Institute followed by four years at the Royal Academy of Arts. At an exhibition there in 1910 his work was brought to the attention of Queen Alexandra, which in turn led to commissions to sculpt a portrait bust and later a life sized statue of Edward VII and later a bust of Prince Olaf of Norway.