Part of the ceiling decoration of 86 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. As mentioned some weeks ago (see Highly Stylised, January 31st last), work on the house began in 1765, the architect responsible considered to be Robert West who also worked as a stuccadore. It therefore used to be thought that he was responsible for the plasterwork here, but diverse craftsmen are now deemed to have had a hand. Whoever created this convocation of swooping eagles certainly deserves recognition and praise since they are an example of virtuosic skill.
Who is saying other craftsmen were involved? It looks quite like his other stuff.
Thank you for getting in touch. Since you enquire, so says Dr Christine Casey, Head of History of Art and Architecture Department at Trinity College Dublin and former curator of 86 St Stephen’s Green.