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Mother's prayer

Taras Shevchenko. Mother's prayer

Taras Shevchenko. Mother's prayer. Paper, sepia. [Novopetrovsk fort]. [Summer 1853].

Location of original is unknown. Description is given according to the former owner of the image B. G. Sukhanov-Podkolzin [see "Kyiv antiquity", 1885, Vol. II, p. 240]. Published by reproduction, which is in unpublished materials A. Novitsky to publish painting heritage Shevchenko, made from a photo that was kept in the V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities ["Catalogue of V. Tarnowski's museum of ukrainian antiquities", Vol. II, Chernigov, 1900, p. 201, № 518]. In the Chestahivsky's list photo of this work is listed at number 26.

Mother's face closely resembles portraits of A. A. Uskova (see number 34, 35, 41). As plot of the figure could serve severe illness of Uskova's son – Dmitry, who died in June 1853. This is a basis for dating.

Storage areas: property of N. B. Sukhanova-Podkolzin, B. G. Sukhanov-Podkolzin.

V. O. Sudak

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1964, Vol. 9, № 31 (image), p. 22 (note).