Seller With a Tray
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A man in a straw hat is depicted full face. He is dressed in a dark blue shirt and dark brown knee-length pants. There are no shoes on his feet. The man is resting upon a T-shaped tray on which the goods are hung. Particularly, one can see the rolls of ribbon, a fabric bag with long handles, as well as handkerchiefs and bags tightened by long ropes. 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 "42" in the upper right corner.