Taras Shevchenko. Poplar. [1839 1840. St. Petersburg].
Colored paper, italian pencil. 25,7 × 20 cm.
Taras Shevchenko National Museum, ¹ g-277.
Above left is marked in black ink: Number 12; image below: RM. A picture caption in pencil: left Ballad "Poplar" dedicated by Shevchenko to P.S. Petrovska; right "Poplar". Drawing by Shevchenko on family legend. Both inscriptions made by Lubov Nikolaevna Ogloblina, daughter of Lavrov Praskovja Stepanivna, nee Petrovska (1835 1902), and Nicholas A. (1820 1875), fellow and classmate of Shevchenko at the Art Academy. The back is marked unknown hand in pencil: 1839.
Figure "Poplar" on the grounds, close to the mood of folklore image of poplar and echoes the lines of ballads: "Grow, grow, poplar! All up and up, grow flexible and high, to the very clouds " or "thin, thin and tall, till the clouds " (lines from variants).
In the "Kobzar" of 1840 before the text of the ballad placed sheet contains the dedication: To P.S. Petrovska. According to L.M. Ogloblina's memoirs, Shevchenko dedicated to P.S. Petrovska one of his best poems "Poplar" and drew in her coherent album a poplar [Zhur P. Shevchenko's Petersburg. K., 1972. S. 86]. Nina Alekseyevna Zehzhda (great granddaughter of P.S. Petrovska) keeped L.M. Ogloblina's archive and maiden album of P.S. Petrovska. On its front side placed an inscription: "In memory of 1840". For texture and color of paper, numbered sheets revealed that Shevchenko sheet with pictures of that time was in this album [Zehzhda N. To whom is dedicated to Shevchenko's "Poplar" // Literary Ukraine. 1971. 13 July].
Tentatively dated by the time of writing ballads "Poplar" taking into account the date on the back of the sheet.
First commented and reproduced in 1932 by O.P. Novitsky [T. Shevchenko Complete Works. [Kharkiv, 1932. T. 8]. P. 29. ¹ 220. Tab. 151].
Storage areas: ownership P.S. Petrovska, then L.M. Ogloblina, G.A. Freiman; 1925 The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg); from 1929 Taras Shevchenko Institute; from 1932 Gallery of pictures by T.H. Shevchenko (Kharkiv); from 1948 State Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv).
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. K.: ed. of Acad. Sci. of UkrSSR, 1961, t. 7, bk. 2, ¹ 237 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 369 (notes).