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Meeting with Johann Thugut

Taras Shevchenko. Meeting with Johann…

Taras Shevchenko. Meeting with Johann Thugut.
[1842, not later than September. St. Petersburg].
Reproduced by polytypage. 8 × 7,5 cm
Reproduced on page 233 of the book "History of Suvorov".

Shevchenko's signature at the bottom left T.SH.; following monogram of engravers Andrew, Best and Leloire: ABL.

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

Illustration to text on page 233 of book, which refers to events that preceded the Suvorov's Italian expedition 1799. Commander denied defense plans of Austria and other allies of Russia in the war against France, considering them doomed to failure. Questioning of the Austrian prime minister Johann Thugut, he refused to disclose its operational plan of hostilities. Suvorov opened the "blanket" – a clean sheet of paper, signed by Paul I, and said: "This is my plan".

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 with Austrian diplomats on the eve of the famous Italian campaign of Russian troops" [Vladych L. The image of Suvorov in pictures by T.H. Shevchenko // Soviet Art. – 1950. – March 1], "Suvorov's conversation with Austrian Baron Johann Thugut" [Anisov V. Life of Suvorov in illustrations by T.H. Shevchenko // Soviet Ukraine. – 1950. – May 18], "Suvorov refuses to disclose his operational plans of the Austrian Prime Minister Thugut" [Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: 1961, vol. 7, Bk. 1. – p. 24. – № 61].

V.A. Sudak, L.D. Zinchuk

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 154 – 155 (image), p. 410 (note).