Man Carrying Firewood
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A man with a thin mustache, shaved head, and hair gathered up into a bun with a braid on the top of his head is depicted full face with a turn of three quarters to the right. The man is dressed in a light brown shirt and short knee-length black pants. He is depicted barefoot. Folding his hands on top of each other, the man stands leaning on a carrying pole. Pallets with firewood standing on the ground are tied to both sides of the shoulder pole. 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 "47" in the upper right corner.