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Portrait of A. Herzen

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of A. Herzen

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of Alexander Herzen. Sketch. Pencil on paper 9 × 8 cm (31 × 22 cm). [Nizhny Novgorod]. [10.XII 1857]. Institute of Literature National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Department of Manuscripts, fund 1, 104.

Below portrait ink inscription by Shevchenko hand: Iskander.

Portrait drawn on the sheet 59 of diary recording from December 12, 1857 [see manuscript of diary, Institute of Literature National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Department of Manuscripts, fund 1, 104].

Image and label covered with thin transparent paper, cut to oval.

In his diary on December 10, 1857 Shevchenko wrote:

"Also brought he for H. Jacobi lead pencil to draw a portrait of our exile, the apostle Iskander. Portrait should look like, because I do not like the pictures in this way. And ever would not like, I will copy all the same for the name of this holy man".

Figure drawn, apparently, after engraving by M. Lemmel, published in Leipzig in addition to Herzen's book "Letters From France and Italy" (London, 1858).

Previous storage diary: Property M. M. Lazarevsky, V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities 27, Chernihiv Regional Museum of History, Institute of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

N. P. Prokopenko

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1963, v. 10, 98 (image), p. 53 (note).