The article is devoted to the problem of the origin of engravings depicting Cossacks and other inhabitants of the Hetmanate of the 18th Century whose best‑known copies were used as illus‑trations of A. Rigelman’s “Chronicle Narration” in 1847. The article covers the issue of sources of the drawings before the publication in1847, the problem of authorship of the drawings erroneously attributed to T. Kalynskyi, as well as ways of distribution of the copies of engravings from the 18th Century in the publications of the first half of the 19th Century. The earliest editions with these drawings were discovered and it was established that they first appeared in O. Shafonskyi’s manuscript in 1786. For the first time in this article, all color engravings from this edition are published with original descriptions by O. Shafonskyi and extended comments explaining the wardrobe items depicted on the drawings.
Source: Shamenkov S. (2020) Images of Cossacks and Inhabitants of the Hetmanate of the 1780s – History of the series of drawings from O. Shafonskyi’s manuscript. Striy. № 2: 3-106