- Book Seller
- 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
A full face man sitting on the trunk is turned three quarters to the left. In his left hand, he holds an open book, and in his right hand, there is a pipe on a long bamboo mouthpiece. The man's head is bald. On the back of his head, there is a strand of black hair, which turns into a thin braid. The man wears a long white shirt with vertical cuts on both sides, and long, straight pants. A purse and a string of beads are attached to the belt. Books stand and lie on the mat in front of the man. 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 a calligraphic inscription "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin'' made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner, there is an inscription "Dadley.London.Sculpt". There is a number "6" in the upper right corner.