The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 5301

Bust of Venus [revived print]

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Created: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1840

Image size: h 16.9cm x w 20.1cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Mount: removed from grey album page

Physical description: top edge of negative is uneven; bottom corner flares

Inscription: in brown ink, verso, lower right, H.F.T. phot. 1st March 1840 [Henry Fox Talbot, 1 March 1840]; in brown ink, verso, top right, Camera Obscura; in turquoise ink, recto, lower right, R [ink is faint, probably due to immersion during reviving]

Owner: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

Object owner number: 1995.0206.058

Collection: Photographic History Collection

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 5301

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.