The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 202

Bust of Venus

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Image size: h 11.9cm x w 9.3cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Inscription: in pencil, recto and verso, 4

Matilda Talbot 1934

Owner: National Science and Media Museum

Object owner number: 1937-2715

Collection: Science Museum Collection

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This object is part of Schaaf no. 202

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.