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Bust - William Huntington (ivory bust)
  • William Huntington (ivory bust)
    Cheverton, Benjamin, born 1794 - died 1876
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William Huntington (ivory bust)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cheverton, Benjamin, born 1794 - died 1876 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory on marble bust

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory bust of William Huntington stands on a marble base. It was probably made by Benjamin Cheverton (1794-1876) in England in ca. 1850. This bust represents Huntington apparently posthumous. Benjamin Cheverton was the son of a farmer and a small landowner. During the 1820s he perfected a machine capable of producing reduced miniature versions, usually in ivory, of full-size sculptures. This had been invented by his mentor, John Isaac Hawkins, and was similar to machines devised by the engineer and inventor James Watt (1736-1819). Cheverton’s machine was up and running by early 1828. He first showed products at exhibitions, and issued items which might have popular appeal, such as busts of Shakespeare or Milton. Later he took commission from owners of busts or other sculptures who desired small copies. His ivories were produced to a high standard, and he maintained that the machine itself was capable of making objects of such quality. This machine is now in the Science Museum in London. The busts were apparently finished by hand by Cheverton, as they show little trace of mechanical aid; his work shows considerable refinement and delicacy of execution.

Physical description

The ivory bust represents Huntington looking slightly to his right on a marble base. Dressed in contemporary dress and his hair curling over his ears.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca. 1850 (made)


Cheverton, Benjamin, born 1794 - died 1876 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory on marble bust


Height: 10.3 cm without base, Height: 18.6 cm whole

Object history note

Given by Richard Chick, The Levels, Teddington Park Road, Teddington, London S.W. in 1915.

Descriptive line

Bust, ivory, of William Huntington, probably by Benjamin Cheverton, British, ca. 1850

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1927-1929, Part II, p. 119
Ormond, R. and M. Rogers eds. Dictionary of British Portraiture. vol. 2. London: B. T. Batzford, 1979, p. 115
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 156


Ivory; Marble


Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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