The young girl depicted here stands confidently on a country lane, one hand clasped around the handle of a miniature carriage in which her doll reclines, wearing an immaculate white dress that much resembles her own. The girl’s garments, necklace and elaborate toy suggest that she comes from a middle-class family. Sander has used a softly focused background of foliage on the trees and ground, in a low tonal range, to frame the two figures in their pale dresses. The photograph almost certainly originated in Sander’s work in the Westerwald region, where he took many of the portraits included in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Including more than five hundred photographs divided into seven groups and over forty-five portfolios, the project was conceived in the mid-1920s and left unfinished at Sander’s death in 1964. It is possible that this image was considered for inclusion in the project’s third group ‘The Woman’ alongside ‘Middle-Class Child’ (about 1925).