Taras Shevchenko. Mountainous shore of the Aral Sea. Stained paper, pencil (15,8 × 29,4 cm). [30.VII – 23.IX 1848; 6.V – 22.IX 1849]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 493.
Lower left – pencil inscription by hand Shevchenko: s b. p. z.. Right at the top marked with ink: Number 117 – 26.
A. I. Butakov, allowing characterization of the Aral Sea coast, wrote in the diary:
"The shores of the Aral Sea are the perfect desert. The eastern coast – sandy, lowland and covered with bushes saxaul, dzhilvel and kujan-sujuk, from which the Kyrgyz mined yellow paint. Beside it, a lot of islands, the largest – Menshikov island. To the south of the high-rise mouths of Kuvan Darya whole coast is indented with deep bays jutting out into the interior of a narrow and shallow entrances. North and north-west coast to the Ust-Urt consist of clay heights (from 100 to 300 feet), steep sloped to the south and to the north tending" [see: State library of Ukrainian SSR, Department of Manuscripts, fund I, 1186, p. 4 – 5].
Thus, the figure shows the north or north-west coast of the Aral Sea.
Dated by the time the first and second expedition sailings to the Aral Sea.
Found in the literature under the name "Rock on the shore" ["Catalogue of V. Tarnowski's museum of ukrainian antiquities", Chernigov, 1900, II, p. 180, № 255].
Storage areas: V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities – № 255, Chernihiv Regional History Museum, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.
E. A. Sereda
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, № 157 (image), p. 54 (note).