Page from an album. Illustration in Chinese style (Chinoiserie) of a Chinese man with high, woven hat, holding two rods bamboo (?) in his hands. He might he the executioner of punishment of beating by a light stick.
The shades on his clothes and face done in tiny black dots, in imitation of shading in an etching. Black ink and watercolors on Western paper. French or English? Early 19th century.
The style of this watercolor reminds of the small Chinese paintings on rice paper (sometimes called pith paper) or extremely fine silk, done in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Measurements of watercolor: 15.75 x 11.75 inches (40.3 x 30.2 cm)
Basically in good condition, fresh colors: left margin with binding holes and slightly folded, upper right corner somewhat damaged, center fold, few thin areas, stains at lower left corner (removable), mounted at upper margin (traces of glue coming through) in a mat
This probably is an illustration from an early 19th century book on crime and punishment in Qing dynasty China.