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Taras Shevchenko

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Portrait of A. K. Kadnytsky

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of A. K.…

Taras Shevchenko. Portrait of Andrew Kyrylovych Kadnytsky. Stained paper, an Italian and a white pencil (34.3 × 27 cm). [Nizhny Novgorod]. [12.II] 1858. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 795.

There is author's date and signature at the right of portrait: 1858 // Shevchenko.

Portrait of A. K. Kadnytsky – manager governor's office in Nizhny Novgorod – executed instead conceived group portrait of Shevchenko friends (see note to number 19). Dated on the basis of recording in his diary on February 12, 1858: "Today, painted a portrait of Kadinsky. It remains to draw Frelich and quits" [Shevchenko false wrote names of Kadnytsky and Frelich (see "Taras Shevchenko in Nizhny Novgorod", Collected, 1939, p. 173, 178)].

In the literature erroneously dated November 1857 [A. Rodin, Shevchenko in the way from exile, "Dawn", 1896, № 9, p. 175].

In O.P. Novitsky's work ["Taras Shevchenko as a painter", Lviv – Moscow, 1914, p. 48, № 115, Tab. 22] this portrait was false reproduced as a portrait of Nizhny Novgorod Governor O. M. Muraviev, which at that time was 66 years – not age of portrayed person. In unpublished materials A. Novitsky reattributed this portrait as a portrait of A. K. Kadynsky.

Storage areas: Nizhny Novgorod provincial archival scientific committee, Gorky Regional Library, State Literary Memorial House-Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

N. P. Prokopenko

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1963, v. 10, № 21 (image), p. 15 – 16 (note).