- Date of creation
- late 17th – early 18th c.
- Far East
- etching watercolor embossing
- Indian ink paper
- Dimensions (height x width, cm)
- 29.3 x 24.4
- album sheet
- genre art
- Purchased from a private individual
- Zolochiv Castle (Chinese Palace)
Information about author
In the centre of the sheet, a man is depicted in front view, turned two-thirds to the left. The man is dressed in a long robe with a hood of light colour, with wide, long, tightly fitted sleeves. White tight pants with thin black stripes are visible from under the hem of the robe. On his feet are lace-and-straw sandals, and on his head is a brown high hat. In his left hand, he holds a stick. From his costume, one can see that he is in mourning. We may assume that the person represented here is visiting the grave of his father and mother, or returning after performing this devout duty. The etching comes from the album "Customs and National Costumes of the Chinese," which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German and some in French. In the 18th century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created these paintings for Europeans eager to learn more about China and its people.
In the lower left corner there is a calligraphic inscription: "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin." made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner there is an inscription: "Dadley.London.Sculpt". In the top right corner – number "13".