Artist Irish
  • Staircase from Eyrecourt Castle
Date late 17th century
Medium elm, oak, and pine
Dimensions Installed: 180 inches × 18 feet (4 m 57.2 cm × 5 m 48.6 cm)
Credit Line Gift of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Accession Number 58.259
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
Not On View
1670s, commissioned by Colonel John Eyre for Eyrecourt (County Galway, Ireland).
1927, Eyrecourt sale (L. Taylor Auctioneers);
(White, Allom & Company).
William Randolph Hearst;
William Randolph Hearst Foundation;
1958-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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