The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 4186

Bust of Venus

Object details

Created: 2 Apr 1841

Image size: h 5.7cm x w 3.9cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Physical description: upper right portion of the paper has missed the coat of chemical sensitiser

Inscription: in pencil, verso, 2" about [exposure of about 2 seconds]; in pencil, verso, 2 April/41 [2 April 1841]

The British Library, gift of Janet and Petronella Burnett-Brown, 1 March 2006
Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, National Trust (01078)

Owner: The British Library

Object owner number: Talbot Photo 3(171)

Collection: Talbot Collection

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 4186

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.

Image from the collections of the British Library (usage terms: Public Domain)