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Taras Shevchenko

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P.A. Rumyantsev

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of P.A.…

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of P.A. Rumyantsev. Engraving (11,5 × 9,8 cm) placed between pages 116 – 117 of the book "Russian generals" by N.A.Polevoj.

Rumyantsev (Rumyantsev of Transdanubia), Peter A. (1725 – 1796) – Count, the Russian commander, General Field Marshal.

D.A. Rovinsky, exploring the iconography of P.A. Rumyantsev, said that the closest matching his portrait is executed by D.G. Levitsky and engraved by James Walker [Rovinsky D.A. Detailed dictionary of Russian engraved portraits. – St. Petersburg, 1889. – T. 2. – S. 1610]. Looking at portraits P.A. Rumyantsev, engraved by type Levitsky – Walker, researcher gives a description of a portrait, placed in a N.A.Polevoj's book, without mentioning names of its author and engraver [Ibid. – S. 1614].

Shevchenko could also use a replica of the D.G. Levitsky's original, because in copies figure shown in uniform, without armor, as in Shevchenko's figure, and the original – in armor. A copy of the original Levitsky is in the Military History Museum in St. Petersburg, where the fund came from the palace in 1940 [Palamarchuk G.P. Portraits painted by famous artist // Visual art. – 1981. – № 2. – P. 20]

N.P. Prokopenko

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – Kyiv: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 186 – 187 (image), p. 418 – 419 (note).