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Taras Shevchenko

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M.I. Kutuzov

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of M.I.…

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of M.I. Golenishchev-Kutuzov. Engraving (11,5 × 10,8 cm) placed between pages 198 – 199 of the book "Russian generals" by N.A.Polevoj.

Under the portrait engraved on the right: H.R (Henry Robinson).

Kutuzov (Golenishchev-Kutuzov), Mikhail Ilarionovich (1745 – 1813) – Prince, the Russian commander, General Field Marshal. Chief of the Russian army during Patriotic War in 1812.

To create this portrait Shevchenko could use the work of English painter George Dawe, executed in 1825 for the Military Gallery of the Winter Palace after the original by R.M. Volkov.

Looking at portraits of M.I. Kutuzov, engraved after the original by George Dawe, D.A. Rovinsky provided a description of the portrait published in N.A.Polevoj's book, without mentioning names of the artist [Rovinsky D.A. Detailed dictionary of Russian engraved portraits. – St. Petersburg, 1889. – T. 1. – S. 491, 495, T. 2. – S. 655].

G.P. Palamarchuk erroneously calls the author of M.I. Kutuzov's portrait, as these three portraits, engraver Henry Dawe – nephew of George Dawe [Palamarchuk G.P. Portraits of Russian generals // The free family, new: Shevchenko's collection. – K., 1984. – S. 277]. Portraits of generals, in the technique of engraving Henry Dawe, could also been used by Shevchenko.

N.P. Prokopenko

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – Kyiv: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 192 – 193 (image), p. 420 (note).