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 9.8cm x w 7.0cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Mount: small RE mount

Inscription: on verso: Patent Talbotype or Sun Pictures label; in pencil on label: 10; in pencil verso: 1/-

Harrison D. Horblit (HH1846.7)

Owner: Houghton Library, Harvard University

Object owner number: Horblit TypPr 805.T820.068 Sz1

Collection: Harrison D. Horblit Collection Of Early Photography

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.