The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 2377

Bust of Venus

Object details

Created: 14 Apr 1840

Image size: h 17.3cm x w 16.8cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Physical description: lower right corner clipped

Inscription: in pencil, verso:14 April/40

The British Library, gift of Janet and Petronella Burnett-Brown, 1 March 2006
Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, National Trust (00416)

Owner: The British Library

Object owner number: Talbot Photo 3(15)

Collection: Talbot Collection

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 2377

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.