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Taras Shevchenko

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Conversation with abbot

Taras Shevchenko. Conversation with…

Taras Shevchenko. Conversation with abbot.
[1842, not later than September. St. Petersburg].
Reproduced by polytypage. 6,5 × 9 cm
Reproduced on page 280 of the book "History of Suvorov".

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

Illustration to text on page 280 of book, which refers to the old abbot of Saint-Gothard capuchin Monastery, cordially met Suvorov, prayer after serving in the church. He spoke friendly with commander and read Virgil's poetry for him.

Illustration not signed by Shevchenko, but his authorship is confirmed that illustrate common with others, signed, particularly in images and figures face Suvorov, abbot figure have protagonist in "Catholic monk". The figure of a soldier in the background is similar to the same on sketch to the picture, the second soldier like a Cossack, shown in the illustration "Liberty trees cut down".

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.

First mentioned as a work of Shevchenko by V.A. Sudak [Sudak V.A. Shevchenko's participation in illustrations of Russian book editions // Artistic heritage of T.H. Shevchenko. – K., 1959. – Vol. 1. – p. 37].

Mentioned called "Suvorov talking with abbot" [Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: 1961, vol. 7, Bk. 1. – p. 25. – № 64].

V.A. Sudak, L.D. Zinchuk

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 162 – 163 (image), p. 412 (note).