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The death of Potemkin

Taras Shevchenko. The death of Potemkin

Taras Shevchenko. The death of Potemkin.
[1842, not later than August. St. Petersburg].
Reproduced by polytypage. 7,2 × 11 cm
Reproduced on page 162 of the book "History of Suvorov".

Shevchenko's signature at the bottom left T.SH. and signatures of engravers Andrew, Best and Leloire: ANDREW BEST LELOIR.

Figure Shevchenko, which produced prints, dating approximately the summer of 1842, not later than August.

The illustration to the text on pages 161 – 162 of book, which describes the death of Potemkin, which occurred in the desert on the way from Jassy to Nikolaev. Hardly had time to do the will of the prince: to stop, take him from carriages, send a robe and put the patient on it – as there was death. Deceased fell to his niece and faithful servant. In the background – two Cossacks without hats and a messenger on horseback, sent to notify the death of Potemkin.

Sketch "The death of Potemkin" contained in the album 1840 – 1844's.

April 15, 1843 it was announced in the press that the second issue of "History of Suvorov" sent to subscribers [Northern Bee. – 1843. – 15 April], where the artwork was reproduces for the first time.

Mentioned called "Death of Potemkin in Steppe" [Shyrotsky K. Shevchenko as an illustrator // Shevchenko's collection. – St. Petersburg, 1914. – Vol. 1. – p. 103].

V.A. Sudak, L.D. Zinchuk

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 136 – 137 (image), p. 405 (note).