A Late 19th or Early 20th Century Watercolor Illustration of an Asian Man.A Late 19th or Early 20th Century Watercolor Illustration of an Asian Man.A Late 19th or Early 20th Century Watercolor Illustration of an Asian Man.A Late 19th or Early 20th Century Watercolor Illustration of an Asian Man.A Late 19th or Early 20th Century Watercolor Illustration of an Asian Man.A Late 19th or Early 20th Century Watercolor Illustration of an Asian Man.A Late 19th or Early 20th Century Watercolor Illustration of an Asian Man.

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.

Item ID: JT74

A Late 19th or Early 20th Century Watercolor Illustration of an Asian Man.

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