Artist Irish
  • Staircase from Eyrecourt Castle
Date late 17th Century
Medium elm, oak, 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
Commissioned by Colonel John Eyre for Eyrecourt, his residence in County Galway, in the 1670s.
Eyrecourt sale, L. Taylor Auctioneers, 1927
White, Allom & Company
William Randolph Hearst;
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
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