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Catholic church in Kyiv

Taras Shevchenko. Catholic church in…

Taras Shevchenko. Catholic church in Kyiv. Watercolour (25,5 × 34,6 cm). [Kyiv]. [IV – IX 1846]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. number g – 721.

The back label ink: orig. Tarasa Szewczenka Widok Kościoła Katolickiego w Kijowie (Collect. Mieleszko-Maliszkiewiczów).

At the right – barely visible ink inscription: Własność Adama Mieleszki.

After returning Shevchenko from Sednev in April 1846 (30.IV he signed the receipt of pay as an employee "Committee for parsing of ancient acts") artist settled in Kyiv. As remembers O. Chuzhbynsky, he "conceived to depict all noticeable sights in Kyiv, the interiors of temples and interesting outskirts. Sazhin took up the some parts, and both the artist disappeared with the morning, if only weather allow" [A. Chuzhbynsky. Memoirs at Shevchenko. – St. Petersburg, 1861, p. 25].

At the end of September with the task of the commission Shevchenko left Kyiv for Podillja (see record an album from 3 Oct 1846). All these data are the basis for dating this and other contemporary drawings April – September 1846.

In the literature mentioned under the names "Old catholic church in Kyiv" ["Images of Shevchenko", vol. II, St. Petersburg, 1914, Table. XXIV] and "Kostelna street in Kyiv" [I. Koshoviy. Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv. – K., 1941, p. 31].

Storage areas: collections of Meleshko-Maleshkevych, J. N. Tereshchenko, Ukrainian Historical Museum Kyiv, gallery paintings of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

In 1911 exposed in an exhibition of works of art Shevchenko in Kyiv (catalog, № 51).

E. O. Sereda

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1961, Vol. 7, part 1, № 143 (image), p. 55 – 56 (note).