Taras Shevchenko. Saiga. Pencil. [12 22.IX 1848]. Sheet 25 of album 1846 1850 ¹ 109
Picture made on the Nicholas island, where the expedition stayed 12 22 September 1848. About the stay on the island and hunt saigas (steppe antelope) Butakov wrote in a letter to parents on October 3, 1848:
"On the island had never been a human leg, and it represents all elements of the Kyrgyz bliss: covered with forest and has fresh water in wells. And for us, the Slavs, who ate corned beef for 1 ½ months before the opening, it has more charm: a lot of saigas kind of wild goats, whose meat is very tasty. So pulled hard on these animals my team! Twenty of members absorbed daily by two saiga, and sometimes more". [Berg L. S., Essays on the History of Russian geographical discoveries, M.-L., 1949, p. 204]
V. Ja. Tkachenko
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, ¹ 129 (image), p. 45 (note).