The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 2705

Bust of Venus

Object details

Created: 20 Jan 1843

Image size: h 10.4cm x w 7.4cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Inscription: in pencil, in Talbot's hand, verso, 20 Jany. 43 [20 January 1843]

Victoria & Albert Museum, 2017
National Science and Media Museum, 2003 to 2017
Royal Photographic Society, number 025126

Owner: Victoria and Albert Museum

Object owner number: RPS.269:47.2017

Collection: Royal Photographic Society Collection

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This object is part of Schaaf no. 2705

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.