The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 4039

Bust of Venus

Object details

Alternate titles

Bust of Susanna, after Francois du Quesnoy

Image size: h 6.7cm x w 4.7cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Physical description: possibly an experimental negative with rough circular sensitising; paper edges rough

Inscription: pencil line along one edge, recto

Owner: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

Object owner number: 1995.0206.638

Collection: Photographic History Collection

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This object is part of Schaaf no. 4039

Bust of Venus

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, and 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 Francois du Quesnoy, in Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome.