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Idea Lab: Research at the AGO
Investigating the Works of Benjamin Cheverton

Exhibition dates

February 21, 2015 – November 12, 2017

Benjamin Cheverton (British, 1794–1876) was a man of many talents: he excelled in invention, science and craftsmanship. In the 1820s, he perfected a sculpture-copying machine that predates modern 3-D printers by more than 150 years. Working from full-sized busts created by other sculptors, he used the machine to produce exact, miniaturized copies.

This exhibition invites you to explore ongoing research into the works of Benjamin Cheverton from the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Constantly seeking answers, AGO curators and conservators closely examine the works, comb through primary documents and visit other museums to study related objects and research materials. For example, new in-depth findings have revealed the identities of a number of the sitters depicted in Cheverton's works.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

This exhibition is included with general admission.

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