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Staircase from Eyrecourt Castle, late 17th century

  • Irish

Elm, oak, and pine

  • Installed: 180 inches × 18 feet (4 m 57.2 cm × 5 m 48.6 cm)

Gift of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation, Inc.

58.259

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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Irish, Staircase from Eyrecourt Castle, late 17th century, elm, oak, and pine. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation, Inc., 58.259.