Bayes's 'The Underworld' (IWM:ART 935) was purchased for the Museum by Robert Ross from the Royal Academy's show in 1918. Bayes was then asked if he would be interested in working for the Ministry of Information, at which he proposed a subject of a torpedoed ship (IWM:ART 1234). As part of his research for the sea in this picture, Bayes spent summer 1918 in Devon.
The picture was offerered as a loan from the Minsitry to the IWM's 'Sea Power' exhibition in 1918 but was declined on the grounds that it did not demonstrate sea power (36).
The file also discusses damage to the other work by Bayes in the collection, IWM:ART 2573, caused by the damp conditions at Crystal Palace. On several occasions Bayes offered to make a replica of this work, but no money was available.
Other matters include copyright, reproductions, and the conservation of 'The Underworld' in particular. There is a letter to Muirhead Bone (10).