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Head of the horse. Etude (fol. 4 v.)

Taras Shevchenko. Head of the horse.…

Taras Shevchenko. Mary. By the A.S. Pushkin's poem "Poltava". A sketch. Head of the horse. Etude. [1840, 1842. St. Petersburg]. Pencil on paper. 17,6 × 26,5 cm
Department of manuscripts and textology Shevchenko Literature institute,
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, fund 1, ¹ 106.

On the back – "The death of Potemkin". Illustration for book "History of Suvorov" by N.A.Polevoj. Etude. "The figure of a woman". Other sketches.

Drawings are made on the back of the sheet 4 in album 1840 – 1844 at the bottom left blue ink marked: 7 (number of page in album).

In the middle of the page – sketch a horse head, perhaps to the picture "Catherine". Left – small sketch "Mary" to the same name watercolors.

Dated according to the time of execution of these works.

First time pictures was mentioned by V.P. Gorlenko in 1886 with the title "Head of horse. Figures in perspective" [Gorlenko V.P. Albums and pictures of Shevchenko in the assembly of V.V. Tarnowski // Kievan Antiquity. – 1886. – ¹ 2. – P. 404].

A.P. Novitsky, describing the 1932 figures, in light outline sketch identified two figures – a woman in bed and bowed to her figure. Figure horse's head with the picture of "Catherine" was not linked. Reproduced called "Horse's head" [T. Shevchenko Complete Works. – [X., 1932. – T. 8]. – p. 4. – ¹ 7. – Table. 144].

In PZT sketch identified from published 1935 watercolor "Maria" [Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: 1961, vol. 7, Bk. 2. – C 4. – ¹ 163].

Storage sites within the album: not later than 1885 – came to V.V. Tarnowsk³; 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, ¹ 163 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 439 (note).