The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 168

Bust of Minerva on a round tabletop

Object details

Alternate titles

Possibly a bust of Athena

Image size: h 15.0cm x w 8.7cm

Paper size: h 18.5cm x w 11.2cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Watermark: tman y Mill 42

Watermark (expanded): Whatman Turkey Mill 1842

Matilda Talbot 1934

Owner: National Science and Media Museum

Object owner number: 1937-2732/1

Collection: Science Museum Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 168

Bust of Minerva on a round tabletop

Keywords: Sculpture Goddess

Talbot knew or referred to this statuette as, 'Minerva'. However, there is a possibility that it is related to a Roman marble bust known as the, Athena Guistinian. The treatment of the hair is not exactly the same in both, and Talbot's statuette lacks some of the details found in the marble bust, such as the rams' heads that decorate the front of the Athena Giustiniani, but otherwise the two have some stylistic features in common.