This image is one of many photographs that August Sander took in Germany’s rural Westerwald region and included in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Conceived in the mid-1920s, the project was left unfinished at his death in 1964. The three boys pictured here may have been included in the group ‘The Farmer’ at one point, alongside such photographs as ‘Farm Children’ (about 1913) and ‘Farmer’s Child’ (1919). Standing in a garden before a half-timbered house, the two older boys hold their younger brother’s hands and strike the serious attitudes of adult men. Their sombre suits and Sunday hats suggest that they have dressed formally for the occasion, while their little brother poses more naturally under his jauntily perched military cap.