Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of N.A. Lunin.
1838, [not earlier than April 3. St. Petersburg].
Bristol paper, watercolour. 24,6 × 19,5 cm.
Taras Shevchenko National Museum, ¹ g-295.
Right beneath the author's date and signature in ink: 1838 // Ò. Øåâ÷åíêî; below: RM and inscription in ink: 2347. In the middle of the back stamp: Museum Inventory number 56 Institute of Taras Shevchenko Kiev, inscription in pencil bottom right: 2347 and with the other hand: 56.
Nikolai Lunin (1789 1848) master of the horse of the imperial court, cousin of Decembrist M.S. Lunin. Shevchenko could acquaint with N.A.Lunin by V.A.Zhukovsky or M.Ju.Wielgorski who also served at the court [Sudak W. From the searches of paintings: Will of Decembrist // In the new free family: a collection. K., 1985. Vol. 2. S. 250 254].
Described in 1911 by O.G. Slastion as portrait of Decembrist Lunin, just reproduced in 1914 [Slastion O. Shevchenko in art / / Images Shevchenko / by artistic supervision of prof. V.V. Mate. SPb., 1911. Vol. 1. S. 7; reproduction: Images Shevchenko. SPb., 1914. Vol. 2. Tab. 2] Also referenced to with name "Portrait of the mister from Lunin family" [D. Antonovich Shevchenko as a painter // Full publication of Taras Shevchenko. Warsaw, Lviv, 1937. T. 12. S. 73].
Depicted person and his official position was clarified by M.M. Novitsky on the base of court uniform items and the Order of St.Anne 1st degree to which N.A. Lunin awarded April 3, 1838 [List of chevalliers of Russian Imperial and tsar's orders all titles by 1843 g. St. Petersburg., 1844. P. 4. S. 40]
As "Portrait of N.A. Lunin" first reproduced in 1954 [Shevchenko-Artist: Album of selected works. K., 1954. ¹ 8]
Storage areas: collection of K.E. Makovsky, from 1904 the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg); from 1929 Taras Shevchenko Institute; from 1932 Gallery of pictures T.H. Shevchenko (Kharkiv); from 1948 State Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv).
1964. Kyiv Moscow. Shevchenko Jubilee Exhibition [Jubilee art exhibition on the 150-year anniversary of the birth of T.H. Shevchenko: Product. Kiev, 1964. S. 5];
1968. Prague. Shevchenko exhibition [Taras Ševčenko: Výstava o životĕ a díle. [Prague 1968]. ¹ 3/1];
1984. Kyiv. Shevchenko-artist. 170-th birthday [Shevchenko-artist: Exhibition Catalogue. K., 1986. S. 8];
1985. Kyiv. Museum of Kyiv. Shevchenko-portrait (no catalogue).
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. K.: ed. of Acad. Sci. of UkrSSR, 1961, t. 7, bk. 1, ¹ 14 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 367 368 (notes).