TWO FORGOTTEN DRAWINGS BY JULIUSZ SLOWACKI (Dwa zapomniane rysunki Juliusza Slowackiego)
The paper is a presentation of Juliusz Slowacki's two drawings done most probably in the first months in 1845. The drawings have never been reproduced and the scanty pieces of information on them are either casual or grossly inadequate. The first drawing shows in a satiric way an episode common among the émigrés: Mickiewicz's prophetic vision signaling Andrzej Towianski's arrival to the West. The second drawing is an ironic and derisive evaluation of pro-Russian tendencies in the Circle of God's Cause initiated by its founder Andrzej Towianski and his deputy, Adam Mickiewicz. At the turn of 1844 and 1845 Slowacki actively and keenly protested against the aforementioned tendencies: he wrote proclamations, notes, letters, and poems. Their analysis in the first part of the paper (fragments 3-5) gives evidence to prove that at a moment the drawings in question appeared as an important element of some action lead by Slowacki. One may not exclude the idea that while working on them, Slowacki thought of publishing them (and it was probably also with the intention that he copied a poem from his draft to give it a title in the clean copy 'A Lair' (Matecznik). The second part of the paper (especially fragments 7-8) brings a commentary to the drawings in question and an attempt to a possibly complete identification and explanation of all the details Slowacki put in them. One may explicitly see here the core of Slowacki's extremely critical attitude to the political and spiritual endeavors into which Master Towianski and his deputy involved their supporters.
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