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Vaults of ruined building

Taras Shevchenko. Vaults of ruined…

Taras Shevchenko. The vaults of the ruined building. Pencil on paper (10.5 × 17.2 cm). [Hanga-Baba]. [22.V 1851 – 1855]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 560.

Top right ink marked: Number 117 – 94.

Obviously, the figure shows the ruined house Hanga Baba, whose description given by Br. Zaleski:

"Neighborly with these old trees are the ruins of a house Hanga Baba, whose name is given whole tracts. Small house built of stone in it – a dozen small rooms, the largest in the center has the shape of a circle and placed on the pillars, the walls held its niche. Once there was, apparently, the school, and possibly chapel of homeowner" [album «La vie des steppes Kirghizes», Paris, 1865, p. 51].

In Hanga-Baba Shevchenko was twice during Kara-Tau expeditions and several times during the stay in Novopetrovsk fort (see "Expedition to the Kara-Tau").

Picture made on the same paper as the pictures number 126127.

Found in the literature under the name "Crypt in dilapidated buildings" [A. Novitsky, Taras Shevchenko as a painter, Lviv – Moscow, 1914, p. 59, ¹ 297].

Storage areas: V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities – ¹ 325, Chernihiv Historical Museum, Institute of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv – Kyiv, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

I. M. Verykivska, G. P. Palamarchuk, N. P. Prokopenko

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1964, Vol. 9, ¹ 125 (image), p. 60 (note).