Page from an album. Illustration in Chinese style (chinoiserie) of a young Chinese man in white pants and blue tunic, beating a small drum or gong with a stick. His head shaved in the style of the first half of the Qing dynasty, a long very thin tail wound around the back of his head.
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 refers to the small Chinese paintings on rice paper or extremely fine silk, done in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Measurements of watercolor: 15 5/8 x 11 ¾ inches (40.2 x 30 cm).
Basically in very good condition, fresh colors: left margin with binding holes and slightly folded, center fold, few thin areas, 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.