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Near patient

Taras Shevchenko. Near patient

Taras Shevchenko. Near patient. Sketch. [1841, April – October. St. Petersburg].
Paper, pencil. 15,9 × 21,4 cm.
Taras Shevchenko National Museum, № g – 392.

On the back – "Powwow. Illustration of the same work by G.F. Kvitka-Osnovjanenko.

Right pencil inscription: 215 × 159 and Number 145 (catalog number in Tarnowski's Chernihiv Museum of Ukrainian antiquities).

There is an assumption that the picture is a sketch illustration to work by G.F. Kvitka-Osnovjanenko "Powwow", not included in the book [Sudak V.A. Shevchenko's participation in illustrating Russian book titles // Art heritage T.H. Shevchenko. – K., 1959. – Vol. 1. – p. 32]. Scenes (in the interior of the spacious rooms in the bed sick man, humbled by it back to the audience figure) corresponds to essay text, especially with lines, which states the invitation healer to treat people of different status, even masters [Our, depicted from the nature by Russians. – SPb., 1841. – p. 13].

Nature of hatching, easy contouring of basic plastics, ease posture resembles a number of other sketches from nature in 1841.

Tentatively dated in view of the performance of his drawing "Powwow" – between April and October 1841 (for Shevchenko letter to G.F.Kvitka-Osnovjanenko and obtaining censorship permission for publication of the book "Our, depicted from the nature by Russians").

First time reproduced, described and named "In the hospital" [T. Shevchenko Complete Works. – [Kharkiv, 1932. – T. 8]. – p. 38. – № 280. – Tab. 140].

Storage areas: no later than 1888 was received by V. Tarnowskі; from 1899 – V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities, 1925 – Chernihiv Historical Museum, from 1935 – Gallery of pictures by T.H. Shevchenko (Kharkiv), from 1948 – State Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv).

V.O. Sudak

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: ed. of Acad. Sci. of UkrSSR, 1961, t. 7, bk. 2, № 262 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 435 – 436 (notes).