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The death of Potemkin. Etude (fol. 4 r.)

Taras Shevchenko. The death of…

Taras Shevchenko. The death of Potemkin. Illustration for book "History of Suvorov" by N.A.Polevoj. Etude. The figure of a woman. Other sketches.
[1842, not later than August. St. Petersburg, 1843. Kyiv].
Pencil on paper. 17,6 × 26,5 cm
Department of manuscripts and textology Shevchenko Literature institute,
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, fund 1, № 106.

On the back – "Mary". By the O.S. Pushkin's poem "Poltava". A sketch. "Head of horse". Etude.

Etude and sketches made on sheets of 4 album 1840 – 1844.

At the top marked: 4 (sheet number) below: 6 (number of page in album).

Left – sketch to illustrate "The death of Potemkin" made no later than August 1842. Right – sketches skirts assemblies and two female figures. One of them, more complete, perhaps, is outline for etching "In Kiev".

First described and reproduces in 1932 by A.P. Novitsky called "Sketches" [T. Shevchenko Complete Works. – [X., 1932. – T. 8]. – p. 4. – № 6. – Table. 143]

Storage sites within the album: not later than 1885 – came to V.V. Tarnowskі; from 1899 – V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities, 1925 – Chernihiv Historical Museum, 1933 – Taras Shevchenko institute; 1936 – Shevchenko Institute of ukrainian literature.

V.A. Sudak

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K. ed. USSR Academy of Sciences, 1961, v. 7, Vol. 2, № 162 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 446 (note).