The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 212

Bust of Venus

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Created: Between 1 Aug 1835 and 30 Apr 1846

Image size: h 13.0cm x w 8.1cm

Paper size: h 18.8cm x w 11.3cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Physical description: printed before the negative was trimmed

The British Library, gift of Janet and Petronella Burnett-Brown, 1 March 2006
Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, National Trust (LA811; 01252)

Owner: The British Library

Object owner number: Talbot Photo 2(428)

Collection: Talbot Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 212

Bust of Venus

Keywords: Sculpture

On a circular table top, 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.