The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 3425

Bust of Venus

Object details

Image size: h 6.3cm x w 6.4cm

Paper size: h 8.6cm x w 7.6cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Physical description: 6.3 cm high on the right

Inscription: pencil b verso

Arnold Crane

Owner: J. Paul Getty Museum

Object owner number: 84.XM.1002.38

This object is part of Schaaf no. 3425

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.