This amazing piece of work was created in 1871, using just two pieces of wood.
Here's a close up of the carving on the left, showing a detail of the wood, carved into with added knots, so that it looks more rustic, as though it is from an old gate or fence.
He signed the piece at the base.
Replicas of the medals he received are displayed too.
Although I'm not that keen on the idea of dead birds, they do demonstrate his skill. The birds are hanging from a piece of string tied to a nail and it is difficult to believe it is all wood. I am so pleased we went to the museum, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to share some of his incredible work with you. Lovely to have met you, Mr Wilkinson Wallis.