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Tsar's barrow

Taras Shevchenko. Tsar's barrow

Taras Shevchenko. Tsar's barrow. Stained paper and pencil (12.4 × 28.3 cm). [7.IX 1857]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 830.

Lower left – pencil inscription by hand Shevchenko: Tsar's barrow.

Top right ink marked: Number 117 – 141.

Figure made while traveling from Astrakhan on the Volga in Nizhny Novgorod, as evidenced by record Shevchenko in his diary on September 7, 1857:

"At 10 o'clock in the morning when fresh Nord with rain and snow we left Samara… In two hours we came to the gate Zhiguli mountains… around the corner, as per frame, we opened a new, hitherto not seen each view… At the forefront of this [panorama] from the gorge, overgrown with black forest, leaned naked separate mountain. It is Tsar's barrow; popular legend says that Peter, traveling along the Volga River, stayed in this place and climbed that mountain, causing it received the name Tsar's barrow".

Images of the same area with a closer distance, see number 8.

In the "Catalogue of V. Tarnowski's museum of ukrainian antiquities" [vol. II, Chernigov, 1900, p. 186] wrongly dated August 1857.

Storage areas: property of A. A. Kozachkovsky, V. P. Kakhovski, S. D. Brazol, V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities – № 358, Chernihiv Regional History Museum, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

In 1939 exposed at the Republican Shevchenko Jubilee Exhibition in Kyiv (Product, № 262).

N. P. Prokopenko

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1963, v. 10, № 7 (image), p. 9 (note).