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Self-portrait 1845

Taras Shevchenko. Self-portrait 1845

Taras Shevchenko. Self-portrait. [Potoky village]. [End of the August 1845].
Pencil on paper (17 × 13.3 cm).

On the back of the picture, below, ink inscription: Shevchenko portrait done by himself in mirror in 1845 in the village Potoky (Kyiv province) and given to N.V. Tarnovskaya.

Potoky was the village in Kaniv county, Kyiv province (now – Potok, Myronivka district, Kiev region), where Shevchenko visited Tarnowskі (see Kievan antiquity, K., 1897, February, Docs., P. 31 – 32). Here it is August 28 with N.V. Tarnowska baptized a child of local deacon.

At the same time Shevchenko draw "Pantry in Potoky".

M. Kalaushyn ("Shevchenko in portraits and illustrations, p. 52) wrong dated this self-portrait as 1843.

Previous storage: property of N.V. Tarnowska, Tarnowskі Museum of Ukrainian antiquities in Chernigov – № 190, Chernihiv Regional History Museum, Central Museum of Taras Shevchenko (Kyiv).

Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko Museum, USSR Academy of Sciences, inv. Number g – 848.

1929 exhibition of Shevchenko's works in Chernihiv (Catalogue, p. 19, № 22);

1939 – on the Republican Shevchenko's anniversary exhibition in Kiev (Product, № 149).

Je.O. Sereda

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1961, t. 7, book 1, № 124 (image), p. 48 (notes).