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Gifts in Chyhyryn in 1649

Taras Shevchenko. Gifts in Chigrin 1649

Taras Shevchenko. Gifts in Chigrin 1649. Paper, etching 19,6 × 27,1 cm [St. Petersburg] [III – 6 – 7. V] 1844. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. number g – 305.

Under the image at left – signature and date: T: Shevchenko 1844. Middle – name: Gifts in Chigrin 1649. To the left of the name – description of Shevchenko etching:

From Constantinople, from Warsaw and Moscow ambassadors arrived with great gifts unite Bogdan and Ukrainian people already liberated and strong. Sultan, a besides great treasure sent Bogdan red velvet zhupan on ermine fur, princely purple, mace and sword, however Council (besides glorious knight Bohun) awarded unite the tsar of Moscow.

Right from the name of the same text repeated in French:

Des ambassadeurs de Turquie, de Pologne et de Moscovie vinrent à Tchigrine chercher l’alléance du hetman Bogdan et du peuple d’Ukraine, peuple libre et puissant. Le sultan outre l’or envoya à Bogdan un kaftan de velour cramoisi doublé d’hermin un baton de hetman et un sabre.., mais le conseil des répresentants du peuple á l’exception du valeureuy chevaliér Bohoun, accepta uniquement la proposition du tzar de Moscovie.

In a letter to to O. M. Bodjans'ky of 6 – 7. May 1844 Shevchenko called this etching "Gifts to Bogdan and the Ukrainian people". Date of etching refined on the basis of this letter.

Sketches of the same composition.

Storage areas of described instance: State Russian Museum, Leningrad, Gallery paintings of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

In 1911 exposed in an exhibition of works of art Shevchenko in Kiev (catalog, № 72); in 1929 – the exhibition of works of T. Shevchenko in Chernihiv (Catalogue, p. 17, № 4); in 1939 – on the Republican Jubilee Shevchenko's exhibition in Kiev (catalog, № 146).

Etching board belonged to K. Swidzinski, and after 1855 there was a library Krasinsky in Warsaw. Current location of the etching board is not known.

L.I. Vnuchkova

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1961, Vol. 7, part 1, № 94 (picture), p. 39 (note).

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