This photograph of a little girl standing beside her doll in a doorway captures all the potential comedy in a child’s overly serious expression of intense concentration. The girl’s embroidered dress over a lace-trimmed petticoat and the oversize bow on her head are echoed by the doll’s short tunic dress and the headband in her fashionably short hair. August Sander probably intended to include the picture in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ that he began compiling in the mid-1920s and left unfinished at his death in 1964. Comprising more than five hundred photographs organised into seven groups and over forty-five portfolios, the project aimed to create a typology of the German people. This portrait resonates with another photograph of a girl with a doll taken around the same time, ‘Girl with a Carriage’ (1927-30).