The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné

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Object within Schaaf no. 2519

Bust of Venus, one minute exposure

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Created: 25 Oct 1840

Image size: h 15.0cm x w 9.4cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Inscription: in turquoise ink, verso, 1' [1 minute exposure]; lower right, Oct. 25. 1840

Owner: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

Object owner number: 1995.0206.090

Collection: Photographic History Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 2519

Bust of Venus, one minute exposure

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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