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The man is depicted in profile with a turn to the left. A shaved bald head with a braid on the top is depicted from the side. The man stands barefoot. He is dressed in a blue shirt with a belt and short, knee-length pants. In his left hand, he holds a bamboo pipe with a slit hole closed on one side, on which he strikes with a wooden stick, and a cylindrical lantern, on which the name of the guard and the place to which he belongs are written in red paint and hieroglyphs. A fan is attached to the back of the man’s belt. The etching comes from the album "Chinese Customs and National Costumes", which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German; some of them are written in French. In the eighteenth century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created such paintings for Europeans seeking to learn more about China and its people.
In the lower left corner there is an inscription: "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin Cab1" made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner there is an inscription: "Dadley. London.Sculpt №2". At the bottom of the sheet there are watermarks "1794 J.Whatman".