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Stephen sitter

Taras Shevchenko. Stephen sitter

Taras Shevchenko. Plaster casts. Sitter Stephen. Sketch.
[1838, after May. St. Petersburg]. Paper, pencil. 21,7 × 28,7 cm. National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, ¹ g-410.

On the back – "In nature class Academy of Arts. Sketch.

Top right is marked with ink: 811; pencil: Number 168 (catalog number of Tarnowski's Chernihiv Museum of Ukrainian antiquities); above left: 218 × 288.

Sketches done in one of three pages of landscape sheet bended in half, registered in 1861 by G.M. Chestahivsky at number 96 in the description of the Shevchenko's drawings, that were in his academic workshop with notion the name of sitter Stephen [Manuscript department Insitute of literature (Kyiv), f. 1, ¹ 459]. Later, the sheet was cutted by the line of bend.

Figures from the casts made no earlier than May 1838 – since Shevchenko's joining the Academy of Arts and admission to the class of plaster figures [Zhur P. Shevchenko's Petersburg. – K., 1972. – S. 51].

Described in 1900 [Catalog of V. Tarnowski's Museum of Ukrainian antiquity / arranged by B.D. Grinchenko. – Chernigov, 1900. – T. 2. – S. 173. – ¹ 168]

First commented and reproduced in 1932 by O.P. Novitsky with name "Head of sitter Stephen and others" [T. Shevchenko Complete Works. – [Kharkiv, 1932. – T. 8]. – S. 28. – ¹ 199. – Tab. 127].

Mentioned with name "Plaster sculpture of a child head. Plaster hand. Stephen sitter" [T. Shevchenko Complete Works: in 10 volumes. – K., 1961. – T. 7, bk. 2. – S. 23. – ¹ 241].

Storage areas: from April 1861 – property of M.M.Lazarevsky, later purchased by St. Petersburg's Ukrainian community, not earlier than July 1861 – A.O. Kozachkovsky, not later than 1875 came to V.P. Kakhovski; from 1891 Kakhovski family, not later than 1893 transferred to S.D. Brazol; since 1898 – a collection of V. Tarnowsk³; from 1899 – V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv Museum of Ukrainian Antiquities, 1925 – Chernihiv Historical Museum, 1933 – Gallery of pictures by T.H. Shevchenko (Kharkiv), with 1948 – State Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv).

I.M. Verykivska

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: ed. of Acad. Sci. of UkrSSR, 1961, t. 7, bk. 2, ¹ 241 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 423 – 424 (notes).

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In nature class Academy of Arts