The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 4350

Bust of Venus

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Paper size: h 8.5cm x w 5.9cm

Object Type: Leucotype on Paper

Inscription: in pencil, verso, c.a. 3' 13 March/ 42 [about 3 minute exposure, 13 March 1842]

The British Library, gift of Janet and Petronella Burnett-Brown, 1 March 2006
Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, National Trust (00480)

Owner: The British Library

Object owner number: Talbot Photo 3(117)

Collection: Talbot Collection

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 4350

Bust of Venus

Keywords: Experimental 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.

Image from the collections of the British Library (usage terms: Public Domain)