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Taras Shevchenko. Ak-Kuduk

Taras Shevchenko. Ak-Kuduk. Pencil on paper (14,7 × 23,1 cm). [V – VI in 1848]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 465.

Lower left – pencil inscription by hand Shevchenko: ak-kuduk.

Ak-Kuduk means "white well". Under this name known the wells and the river on the road between Orsk and Raim through which the expedition passed in June 1848 [see A. Maksheev, Traveling on the Kyrgyz steppes and Turkestan, St. Petersburg, 1896, p. 15].

Dated by May – June 1848, that time of transition expedition from Orsk to Raim.

On the back side – sketch of the same figure (see number 147).

A copy of this picture with the inscription: Ak-Kuduk – first well from Orsk fortress in Kyrgyz steppes – 38 see the album G. M. Chernyshev [State Historical Museum, Moscow, inv. 63113, portfolio № 19, fol. 90].

More images of expeditionary camp in different places see number 8, figures number 64, 70, 71, 86, 95, 145, 147.

Storage areas: collections of A. A. Kozachkovsky, V. P. Kakhovski, S. D. Brazol, V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities – № 227, Chernihiv Regional History Museum, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

K. V. Chumak

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, № 146 (image), p. 50 (note).