Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of Andrey Ivanovich Lyzogub. Pencil on paper (21,3 × 17 cm). [Sedniv]. [28.II – 30.IV 1846 or March 1847]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. number g – 911.
Right bottom – the ink inscription by hand A. I. Lyzogub: Fig. Shevchenko.
A.I. Lyzogub – landowner of town Sednev, Chernigov Province (now Chernigov district, Chernihiv region), a close friend of Shevchenko, who supported the poet during his exile. In correspondence with Shevchenko Lyzogub fell under the supervision of III department [see L.M. Zhemchuzhnykov. My memories from the past, vol. II, M., 1927, p. 56].
Shevchenko met with A. I. Lyzogub in 1846 in Sedniv and visited him in spring in 1846 and in March 1847 [see A. Chuzhbynsky. Memoirs at Shevchenko. – St. Petersburg, 1861, p. 25]. Here he painted the portraits of two brothers Lyzogub, three landscapes of Sednev and wrote in a March 7, 1847 poem "Witch" and March 8 – preface to the II edition of the "Kobzar". This is the basis for dating of the portrait.
Until 1939 the portrait was in the album of A.I. Lyzogub's pictures. At first publishing a picture wrongly named as portrait of E. P. Grebinka ["Visual Arts", K., 1940, № 3, p. 21 – 22].
For the first time as a separate product exposed with title "Portrait of an unknown man (A.I. Lyzogub)" on the Republican Shevchenko's anniversary exhibition in Kyiv in 1939 (Catalogue, № 180).
Storage areas: property of A.I. Lyzogub, Central Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv.
E. O. Sereda
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1961, Vol. 7, part 1, № 133 (image), p. 52 (note).