August Sander’s ambition to create a photographic documentation of all ‘types’ of German people resulted in the collection ‘The People of the 20th Century’. He divided his project into seven groups and the series began with a group he called ‘The Farmer’; from which this image appears as part of the sub-group, ‘The Portfolio of Archetypes’. The majority of photographs that make up that sub-group originated in commissioned work in the Westerwald region of Germany between 1910 and 1914. The patrons and subjects of these photographs often chose to be photographed at home. Here the woman is enveloped by her formal parlour, indicated by fin de siècle wallpaper, a picture frame and a heavy wooden cupboard. The woman wears her best dress and a bonnet tied under her chin by a silken bow, echoed in the bow around her waist.