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Awards from Louis XVIII

Taras Shevchenko. Awards from Louis…

Taras Shevchenko. Awards from Louis XVIII.
[1842, not later than September. St. Petersburg].
Reproduced by polytypage. 8,5 × 6,5 cm
Reproduced on page 306 of the book "History of Suvorov".

Shevchenko's signature at the bottom left T.SH.

Figure Shevchenko, which produced prints, dating approximately August – September 1842.

The illustration to the text on pages 305 – 306 of book, which refers to the awarding of Suvorov with Order of St. Lazarus and St. Mary Carmelite by Louis XVIII.

Preserved note by N.A.Polevoj, explaining what should be the image:

Suvorov and Rostopchin. Suvorov, the patient, in a dressing gown, sitting in a big chair, overlaid with cushions. Near him a young woman and may someone else. Rostopchin (in general's uniform, low height, stocky, bald), holding a letter from Louis XVIII, which he read aloud to Suvorov. Suvorov sad looking at the Order, sent by Louis, holding a cross medal in his hands, his head bowed. His legs outstretched, across the visible, as they say, abantonement. It seems to say: "Everything is vanity!".

On her back – Peter Beck's receipt of receiving money from Shevchenko, dated September 4, 1842.

July 27, 1843 it was announced in the press that the third issue of "History of Suvorov" sent to subscribers [Northern Bee. – 1843. – 27 July], where the artwork was reproduces for the first time.

Remembered with names: "Suvorov gets Order of the Virgin Carmelite" [Stremoukhov M.B., Symansky P.N. Suvorov's life in artworks. – M., 1900. – p. 314], "Suvorov considers the orders, sent by King Louis XVIII" [Shyrotsky K. Shevchenko as an illustrator // Shevchenko's collection. – St. Petersburg, 1914. – Vol. 1. – p. 107]; "Patient Suvorov receive Order from Louis XVIII» [Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: 1961, vol. 7, Bk. 1. – p. 26. – № 69].

V.A. Sudak, L.D. Zinchuk

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 172 – 173 (image), p. 414 – 415 (note).