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Herself in her house

Taras Shevchenko. Herself in her house

Taras Shevchenko. Herself in her house. Paper, etching, aquatint 18.5 × 25.5 cm, 21.8 × 28 cm (31 × 43.7 cm). [St.Petersburg]. [Not later than 11.XI] 1859. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 369.

At the bottom left of etching – engraved date and signature of the author: 1859 // Shevchenko.

The National Museum of Taras Shevchenko kept one copy of etching with the artist's inscription in red pencil: For Fedor Fedorovich Lvov // in memory of Taras Shevchenko // 1860 // 14 March [inv. g – 866].

Two copies of this etching is stored in the collections of the State Literary Museum in Moscow – one with handwritten inscription Shevchenko Herself in her house (inv. number 10522 /8), the second – with the same inscription in pencil: Herself in her house, under which – inscription: For rear Vasil Lazarevsky // in memory Taras Shevchenko // 11 November 1859 (inv. number 4457).

The date specified after this inscription and letter Shevchenko to V. M. Lazarevsky on November 11, 1859: "I send you two "Harlots", both unfinished."

A copy of the same etching is stored in the collections of graphics State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, with a handwritten sign Shevchenko in red pencil: She at the home (inv. number 11873).

The same museum has two lithographic prints from etching boards: one in collection Rovinsky (archive, № 35676), the second – from the collection Basnin (archive, № 17828).

Figure in sepia and sketch for this etching see number 30, 101.

In the literature known as "Herself mistress in the house" [V. G[orlenko], "Kyiv antiquity", 1888, Vol. VI, p. 84], "Sleeping woman" [D. Rovinsky, Detailed dictionary of Russian engravers XVI – XIX cent., St. Petersburg, 1895, vol II, p. 1177, № 22], "Herself hostess" ["Product of Shevchenko Exhibition in Moscow", Moscow, 1911, p. 5, № 11], "Whore" ["Product painting art Shevchenko, exhibited in Gallery", Kharkiv, 1934, p. 33], "Slumbering woman" [A. Beskin, Shevchenko as an artist, "Art", Moscow, 1939, № 2, p. 49].

Previous storage of described instance: Russian Museum, Ukrainian Historical Museum, Kyiv, Institute of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

In 1911 a copy of this etching exhibited at Shevchenko's exhibition in Moscow (Product, № 11), in 1939 – at the Republican Shevchenko Jubilee Exhibition in Kyiv (Product, № 358).

L. I. Vnuchkova

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1963, v. 10, № 47 (image), p. 31 (note).

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