Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of N.P. Sokolovsky. 1842. [St. Petersburg].
Bristol Watercolour. 25 × 21,9 cm.
Taras Shevchenko National Museum, ¹ g -720.
Right at the bottom in pencil author's signature and date: Shevchenko // 1842. On the back of a pencil sketch of a man with a girl, made by unknown.
Sokolowski Nikolai Pavlovich a lieutenant of Life Guards Lancer regiment [Calendar and general staff of the Russian empire in 1841. St. Petersburg, . Part 1. p. 174]. Depicted shown in the uniform of this regiment. About Sokolovsky July 2, 1857 Shevchenko mentioned in the diary: " with this notable person (captain Aprelev. Ed.) I acquainted in 1841 in a one my countryman, some Sokolovsky".
The first information about the work gave Nikolai Semenovich Hashkevych in a letter from Odessa to Kiev City Museum Director M.F. Bilyashivsky on March 6, 1911:
"About portrait of Mr. Sokolovsky inform next. This portrait is my property and belongs to my cousin who asked me to sell it. I showed your letter to the owner of a portrait, she agreed to sell po[rtrait] for the amount you offer two hundred rubles and send it at the earliest opportunity to: Merazliivska str., ¹ 38, Apt. 4. N.S. Hashkevych".
Then added: "Posted 10/III-1911 M. Belyashev[ski]" [Manuscript department Insitute of literature (Kyiv), fund 146, ¹ 13]. Maybe this is the record of money sent for a portrait purchased to the museum.
For the first time mentioned the name of "Portrait of a young officer in Ulan form" [B[elyashevsky] N., Sch[erbakovsky] D. Exhibition of T.H. Shevchenko's artworks // Art. Painting. Graphics. Art printing. 1911. ¹ 3. p. 39].
Reproduced with the name "Mr. Sokolowski (?) in Ulan ammunition" [Novitsky Ol. Taras Shevchenko as a painter. Lviv, Moscow, 1914. Tab. 8].
Storage areas: from 1911 Kyiv City Museum, 1919 First State Museum (Kyiv); from 1924 Ukrainian History Museum (Kyiv) 1933 Gallery of pictures by T.H. Shevchenko (Kharkiv), from 1948 State Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv).
1911. Kyiv. Exhibition in memory of Taras Shevchenko [Exhibition of artistic works of Taras Shevchenko. K., 1911. p. 2. ¹ 42];
1968. Prague. Shevchenko exhibition [Taras Ševčenko: Výstava o životĕ a díle. [Prague 1968]. ¹ 11 / 1];
1984. Kyiv. Shevchenko artist. To 170th birthday [Shevchenko artist: Exhibition Catalogue. K., 1986. p. 8];
1985. Kyiv. Museum of Kyiv. Shevchenko portrait artist (no directory).
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. K.: ed. of Acad. Sci. of UkrSSR, 1961, t. 7, bk. 1, ¹ 36 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 387 (notes).