This is a watercolor on thin paper board of a Chinese man standing before a river with boats. It is signed "Reynolds" in the lower right and is in the manner of Frank Reynolds, the English illustrator. The work was done in a series of line drawings then filled in with watercolor washes and finally detailed with line work in pen and ink. It is mounted in a figured silver leaf late 19th Century frame.
Frank Reynolds was a well known illustrator who was associated with serious figurative work as well as cartoons. He worked for various magazines and illustrated a number of books during the first third of the 20th Century. The work offered here is one of a group of national character studies possibly prepared for a travelogue. The other pieces in the collection included a Turkish man, and Eastern Orthodox prelate and other Chinese figures.
Measurements are: watercolor, 9 inches x 6 3/4 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 15 inches x 12 1/2 inches.
Condition: watercolor, paper board has faint time toning but pigment is in good shape; frame has some rubbing and finish loss on at outer edge, otherwise good.
This is a charming, well executed late 19th or early 20th Century watercolor depicting life in rural China at that point in time.