Man With a Digger
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The image of a walking man is turned three-quarters to the right; his head is tilted to the left. The man is wearing a gray and purple shirt with rolled up sleeves and short, knee-length gray and blue pants. A shirt is tied with a green belt on which one can see an inro, a case for holding small items, and a trapezoidal basket with a round top. On his left shoulder, the man holds a digger in the form of a long stick with a flattened metal tip. 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 "35" in the upper right corner.