Cole's Circle


Bayless, William Henry (c. 1820-?)

Thomas Cole's nephew, an Ohio-born architect who studied under Cole's patron Ithiel Town and Andrew Jackson Davis. Cole became Bayless's legal guardian in 1835, and Bayless drew up Cole's designs for the Ohio State House competition in 1838. Their relationship became strained soon afterwards, when the two men joined together in an unfortunate business deal that cost Cole a great deal of money.