The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 2542

Bust of Venus

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Created: Between 1 Jan 1841 and 10 Jun 1842

Image size: h 13.8cm x w 7.5cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Physical description: left edge is 13.7 cm

Inscription: in pencil, verso, lower right, 2 Janry 1841 [sic]; in pencil, verso, upper left, 18' [18 minute exposure]; in pencil, verso, best

Owner: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

Object owner number: 1995.0206.043

Collection: Photographic History Collection

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 2542

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.