The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 213

Bust of Venus

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Image size: h 9.9cm x w 7.5cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Mount: on thin paper

Physical description: cropped in to the image; fingerprints

Inscription: pencil X recto; verso of print, Portrait du Venus

Owner: Private

This object is part of Schaaf no. 213

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.

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