Vaults of ruined building
Taras Shevchenko. The vaults of the ruined building. Pencil on paper (10.5 × 17.2 cm). [Hanga-Baba]. [22.V 1851 – 1855]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 560.
Top right ink marked: Number 117 – 94.
Obviously, the figure shows the ruined house Hanga Baba, whose description given by Br. Zaleski:
"Neighborly with these old trees are the ruins of a house Hanga Baba, whose name is given whole tracts. Small house built of stone in it – a dozen small rooms, the largest in the center has the shape of a circle and placed on the pillars, the walls held its niche. Once there was, apparently, the school, and possibly chapel of homeowner" [album «La vie des steppes Kirghizes», Paris, 1865, p. 51].
In Hanga-Baba Shevchenko was twice during Kara-Tau expeditions and several times during the stay in Novopetrovsk fort (see "Expedition to the Kara-Tau").
Picture made on the same paper as the pictures number 126 – 127.
Found in the literature under the name "Crypt in dilapidated buildings" [A. Novitsky, Taras Shevchenko as a painter, Lviv – Moscow, 1914, p. 59, № 297].
Storage areas: V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities – № 325, Chernihiv Historical Museum, Institute of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv – Kyiv, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.
I. M. Verykivska, G. P. Palamarchuk, N. P. Prokopenko
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1964, Vol. 9, № 125 (image), p. 60 (note).