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Eagle ornament from the staircase at Carlton House. SM M440. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photo: John Bridges

Eagle ornament from the staircase at Carlton House


Museum number: M440

Curatorial note

This eagle is a pair with M431. See also the further pair of variant eagle ornaments, also from Carlton House, M258 and M282.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Soane records in his 1835 Description that the two pairs of plaster eagle ornaments M258, M282 and M431 and M440, 'formerly made part of the architectural decorations of Carlton House, and were preserved when that superb structure, with the noble portico in front, and one of the most classical vestibules in Europe, leading into a highly decorated staircase, and suite of magnificent apartments, were demolished'.


Sir J. Soane, Description, 1835, p.31

Associated objects

M431, pair
M282, same building (from)
M258, same building (from)

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk