This is a very skilled watercolor on thin paper board of an Asian man, possibly a Buddhist monk in his yellow robes. The figure is holding an open book in one hand and a hat in another. He is standing on a promontory with a mountain and a building in the background. 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 fine line drawings then filled in with watercolor washes and finally detailed with line work in pen and ink or dark watercolor. It is mounted in a simple gold frame that is highlighted with a pale blue line inside the molding cove.
Frank Reynolds was a well known English 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, an Eastern Orthodox prelate and other Chinese figures.
Measurements are: watercolor, 9 inches x 7 1/4 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 17 inches x 15 1/4 inches.
Condition is good except for light time toning of the paper board.
This a skilled and charming late 19th or early 20th Century watercolor depicting life in Asia.