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Lot with his daughters (fol. 3 r.)

Taras Shevchenko. Lot with his…

Taras Shevchenko. Lot with his daughters. Daughter of Chios potter. Outline sketches. Pencil. [VI 1848 – 1849]. Sheet 3 of album 1846 – 1850 № 109

From left to right and top four sketches of the biblical story (perhaps "The daughters of Lot", also known as "King David"). Bottom middle – a sketch to work "Daughter of Chios' potter". A more developed version of this sketch see number 135. Drawing on the same plot Shevchenko finished much later, as he wrote in a letter to Br. Zaleski on May 10, 1857:

"Of the pieces sent to you one may seem to you to be incomprehensible. This is the legend of the origin of the painting. Daughter of Chios potter painted on the hut doors silhouette of her lover, and she was the first woman-painter".

V. Ja. Tkachenko

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, № 111 (image), p. 42 (note).