Person Distilling Mashing
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In the centre of the sheet, there is a low brick oven, on which stands a metal barrel with two pipes: a short thick one on the left, covered by a fine net, and a thin long one on the right, the end of which is immersed in a large jug. On the oven on the right side of the barrel stands a man, who exudes liquid from the jug into a barrel. The man produces the liquor drunk by the upper classes in China, a type of wine made from rice that is steeped in water with other ingredients for several days and then distilled. 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 "14".