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Suvorov meets Louis XVIII

Taras Shevchenko. Suvorov meets Louis…

Taras Shevchenko. Suvorov meets Louis XVIII.
[1842, not later than August. St. Petersburg].
Reproduced by polytypage. 8,5 × 9,8 cm
Reproduced on page 225 of the book "History of Suvorov".

Right below monogram of engravers Andrew, Best and Leloire: ABL.

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

The illustration to the text on pages 224 – 225 of book, which refers to the arrival of Suvorov to Count Provence, who was then in exile, but received a royal title of Louis XVIII, and the commander said that "lost his head or will restore [Louis] to the throne of ancestors".

Illustration not signed by Shevchenko, but his authorship is confirmed by common parts of the artwork with others, signed, and for certain works – in particular, the figure is a wallpaper pattern, which is in watercolor "Mary".

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.

First mentioned as a work of Shevchenko called "Suvorov on audience of Louis XVIII in Mitava in 1799" by M.Stremoukhov and P. Symansky [Stremoukhov M.B., Symansky P.N. Suvorov's life in artworks. – M., 1900. – p. 217].

Remembered with the title "King Louis XVIII welcomes Suvorov in Mitava before going to Italy" [Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: 1961, vol. 7, Bk. 1. – p. 24. – № 60].

V.A. Sudak, L.D. Zinchuk

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 152 – 153 (image), p. 409 (note).