The Royal Academy of Arts
The four columns (two sets of two columns) at the base of the great staircase at the Royal Academy at Burlington House are of cipollino. In the 1880s the Ware staircase was widened and extended by the Academy’s Treasurer/architect, E M Barry RA (1830-1880) to include the green-veined marble columns. The columns measure approximately 3 m. in height and .42 m. in diameter. They have collars top and bottom, a concave scotia base of whitish marble and a decorative capital also of whitish marble (Plates 8.34 & 8.35).


On either side of the stairs there is one 1-sided pilaster, and one 2-sided pilaster of Karystian marble .40 m. wide and c. 3m. in height. They are 6 cms in depth (Plate 8.36). They have the same bases and capitals as the columns.
There are four more cipollino pilasters, of the same size, on each side of the stairs, on one side between the stairs and the cloakroom and on the other side between the stairs and the members’ room.
The much larger columns at the top of the staircase are fakes, made of brown marble scagliola.

Maps and Plates

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Plates 8.34 & 8.35 Cipollino columns at the base of the great staircase at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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Plates 8.34 & 8.35 Cipollino columns at the base of the great staircase at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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Plates 8.36 Cipollino pilasters at the base of the grand staircase at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.