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Taras Shevchenko

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Portrait of N. G. Repnin

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of N. G.…

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of Nikolai G. Repnin. Oil on canvas (63,6 × 50,5 cm). [Yagotin]. [Not until October 1843]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. zh – 102.

A copy of the portrait work of Swiss artist Joseph Gornung (1792 – 1870), the original of which is stored in the collections of the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko.

M.G. Repnin – brother of Decembrist S.G. Volkonsky, landowner of Yagotyn town where Shevchenko repeatedly visited during travel to Ukraine.

Date defined according to the data in the letter V. Repnina to Charles Einar on January 27, 1844, where she wrote:

"…I went with my parents in Sednev. In our absence Shevchenko again visited Yagotin, my brother and my sister to see the portrait of my father, painted by Gornung, as he ordered two copies of this portrait. When he left, he promised to come again in two weeks. Then we came back, and one night in October came my brother, along with the master, which he immediately presents to my parents: he was [Shevchenko]" [«Russian propylaes", vol II, M., 1916, p. 205].

Storage areas: property of O.V. Kapnist, Lebedin museum, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

In 1939 exposed in Republican Shevchenko's anniversary exhibition in Kiev (catalog, № 143) [A catalog of previous owners of this set up incorrectly].

The second instance of a copy made by Shevchenko kept in the collections of the Hermitage in Leningrad.

L.I. Vnuchkova

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1961, Vol. 7, part 1, № 84 (picture), p. 33 – 34 (note).