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’. Composed of over 500 images, Sander divided the opus into seven groups and over 45 portfolios according to the living environments, professions and estates of his subjects. The first group in the series is ‘The Farmer’, which contains twelve portfolios; this image appears in the portfolio, ‘The Farmer’s Child and the Mother’. One of the themes of this portfolio is the generations of the rural family. This portrait of three siblings includes their accoutrements: a tightly held dog balanced in the composition by the toy horse and a loosely held doll. The youngest is raised to the same level as its siblings on the picture plane by its pram. Sander has managed to keep the children’s attention and the three look intently at the camera.