In the album of drawings and folk records [Institute of Literature (Kyiv), inv. number 109] includes drawings of 1846 – 1850, made partly in Ukraine and mainly in exile – in Orenburg and during the Aral expedition. One of the earliest drawings is a sketch featuring Ukrainian peasant who listens bandura. By the time the Aral expedition includes all sketches of naval ships and buildings, as well as some scenes from the life of the expedition. They also include sketches for works on biblical and mythological subjects, which are not discovered yet. Time for the rest of the outlines is not exactly defined, and they are dated conventionally by album chronological frame – 1846 – IV 1850.
The album contains 29 sheets, numbered with the ink of the side (possibly in the police department, where the album after the arrest of Shevchenko). Sheet size: 11 × 17,7 cm. Sheets 12 – 23 on the front and back side and front side of sheets 11 and 24 are clean. Between numbered sheets 12 – 13, 17 – 18, 19 – 20 and 20 – 21 were edges of sheets extorted before the numbering, between the sheets 20 – 21 preserved half of sheet (unnumbered), on the back of which is inversely to the bottom of the sketch done by the composition of family portrait.
On the front side of sheets 1, 2, 4 and on the back side of sheet 3, along with pictures Shevchenko hand made folk records, dated in 1848 – 1850. On the front side of sheet 28 records of Ukrainian folk songs. Besides the drawings and folk records in the album is the plan of story "From nothing – almost lord".
The figures on the front side of sheet 1, the front and back sides of sheets 4, 25, 26 and on the back of sheets 24, 27, 28 given inversely to the bottom of the album.
Figure on the back of sheet 7 (overact full-length self-portrait) and outline the two inside pages cover (building and bottle) are not reproduced.
Bound album of hard cardboard, covered with dark gray-green percale.
Storage areas: V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities, Chernihiv Regional History Museum, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.
V. Ja. Tkachenko
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, p. 40 – 41 (note).