The Heron with bulrush and ivy by Thomas Wilkinson Wallis

T W Wallis was apprenticed as a woodcarver in Hull and did work for Burton Constable Hall before setting up business in Louth in 1843.


Lime wood
134 x 76 x 30 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £11,644)
Acquired in:

He specialised in carving dead game and foliage from a single piece of limewood after working up the model in clay. Louth Museum already has the clay model of this carving. His work has many similarities with the style of Grinling Gibbons and he won many medals including one at the Great Exhibition of 1851. His trademark was a small snail which can be seen on the heron's beak. This work was acquired with the support of the Art Fund with the assistance of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Commissioned by Henry Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp; by descent.

Venue details

Louth Museum 4 Broadbank, LOUTH Lincolnshire LN11 0EQ 01507 601211

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £3.50)

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