This photograph belongs to the portfolio entitled ‘Mother and Child’ within the larger group ‘The Woman’ in August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Conceived as a typology of the German people during the 1920s, the project comprises more than 500 photographs divided into seven groups of over 45 portfolios. This image is one of several in the project that show a small child pictured alone. Here, the child sits astride a toy horse in a garden, accompanied by a marching doll in a cap and boots that provides an artificial male surrogate for the child’s absent mother. A well-tended flowerbed demarcates the border with the neighbour’s garden to the right, and a gate and a row house are visible in the softly focused background.