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Suvorov with Potemkin

Taras Shevchenko. Suvorov with Potemkin

Taras Shevchenko. Suvorov with Potemkin.
[1842, not later than August. St. Petersburg].
Reproduced by polytypage. 7 × 11 cm
Reproduced on page 132 of the book "History of Suvorov".

Right below the Shevchenko's signature T.SH.; left monogram engravers Andrew, Best and Leloire: ABL.

Figure Shevchenko, which produced prints, dating approximately the summer of 1842, not later than August, when manuscript was put to the censorship.

Illustration to text on page 132 of book. Angry G.A. Potemkin blames Suvorov for significant loss of troops in the Battle of Ochakov, although the commander was badly wounded and did not commander military corps.

Publisher of book V.S. Semenenko-Kramarevsky in a letter to Shevchenko in the summer of 1842 wrote: "Portrait Repnin add […] All these figures should be ready for the 1st day of August certainly" [Letters to Taras Shevchenko. – K., 1993. – p. 14]. Portrait of Duke Nicholas Repnin, associates A.V. Suvorov in the Russian-Turkish War, was probably sent with the desire to use it in this story.

The figure of a Cossack in cap and pipe in his hand in the foreground close to outline of a Cossack in Shevchenko's letter to his brother Nikita on March 2, 1840. Y.A. Ivakin conjectured that it was to be an illustration of the text: "Ambassador of (Catherine II. – Ed.) prince Repnin was ruler at the Diet in 1766 " [Ivakin Yu. Notes on Shevchenko. – K., 1986. – p. 185], but this text went to the third, not second part of book.

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.

Remembered with names: "Visit the commander to all-powerful prince Potemkin" [Anisov V. Suvorov's life in illustrations by T.H. Shevchenko // Soviet Ukraine. – 1950. – May 18], "Suvorov wounded with Potemkin" [Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: 1961, vol. 7, Bk. 1. – p. 23. – № 49].

V.A. Sudak, L.D. Zinchuk

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 130 – 131 (image), p. 403 – 404 (note).