The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 2577

Bust of Venus

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Created: 4 Apr 1841

Image size: h 4.1cm x w 2.8cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Mount: double-mounted to a paper sheet

Physical description: top corners clipped; double-mounted on sheet with 1995.0206.128, 1995.0206.129 and 1995.0206.130

Inscription: in pencil, verso, 4 April/41 [4 April 1841]; indistinct, but in pencil on main mount sheet behind top of print, verso, less YY

Owner: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

Object owner number: 1995.0206.131

Collection: Photographic History Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 2577

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.