The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 5056

Bust of Venus

Object details

Alternate titles

La Venus d'Arles
NMeM; small album with stamped leather cover containing mostly views of Oxford, 1843-44
Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Image size: h 10.5cm x w 6.3cm

Paper size: h 10.9cm x w 6.6cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Mount: paper album page

Physical description: corners clipped; top edge of negative is 6.1 cm wide

Inscription: in ink on album page, La Venus d'Arles

Matilda Talbot 1934

Owner: National Science and Media Museum

Object owner number: 1937-2531/13

Collection: Science Museum Collection

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 5056

Bust of Venus

Keywords: Sculpture

One of the objects most photographed by Talbot, this statuette seems always to have been known as the “Bust of Venus” by the Talbot family. It was often referred to as such in inscriptions made by the likes of Lady Elisabeth Feilding. It is in fact a “Bust of Susanna”, reduced from the original full-figure marble statue by the Baroque sculptor, François du Quesnoy (1597-1643). The original is in the church of Santa Maria di Loreto, in Rome.