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The woman is depicted sitting on a low bench. She is shown full face with a three quarters turn to the left. She is dressed in a blue knee-length robe with a long white robe underneath. She is wearing black fabric shoes. Her hair is gray; it is gathered up into a bun and pinned with a hairpin in the form of a bee. There is a round earring in her ear and a thin yellow bracelet on her left hand. The woman is unwinding the thread from the spindle. The strands of thread are hanging on the rack. 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 "57" in the upper right corner.