Portrait of G. Rodzianko
Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of Gabriel Rodzianko. Watercolour (25,1 × 22,1 cm). [Veselyj Podol]. [July 24 – August 19, 1845]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. number g – 379.
Lower left – in pencil signature by: Shevchenko.
According to the inventory cards of gallery pictures Shevchenko (Kharkiv), there was an ink inscription by the hand of the unknown on the mat for a picture (that is not preserved):
Picture of Shevchenko drawed in Rodzianko village Khorol county Poltava Province. Depicted small son of Arch. Rodzianko – Gabriel. Donate the museum in 1911 year by Gabriel Arc. Rodzianko.
Portrait dated by comparing next data: record in "Journal" of 20.VII 1857, where stated that Shevchenko from 20 to 23 July 1845 visited St.Elias fair in Romny, where he met with one of Rodzyanko. Obviously, with him he went to the village Veselyj Podol (Khorol county, Poltava Province (now Semenivka district, Poltava region).
19.VIII Shevchenko was already in Pereyaslav with the doctor A. Kozachkovsky [see "Kiev Telegraph", K., 1875, № 25] and 26 Oct in letter to A. Rodzianko Shevchenko regretted leaving Veselyj Podol.
On Shevchenko acquaintance with these family and about his stay in the village Veselyj Podol shows the record in "Journal" of 9 Jul 1857.
Storage areas: property of G.A. Rodzianko, Kharkov University, G.S. Skovoroda Historical Museum (Kharkiv), Gallery pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.
E. O. Sereda
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1961, Vol. 7, part 1, № 123 (image), p. 48 (note).