Drawing on paper, tinted and coloured with watercolours. The painting shows shows a well-to-do woman practising embroidery on a rectangular frame. Placed at her side is a blue bookMounted in a pair in a cardboard frame.
This painting is one of a series of watercolours which depict scenes that are well known in nineteenth century Persian painting and commercial photography. Judging by the fashions worn by the painting’s subjects they were probably painted between 1850 and 1875, quite possibly for sale to tourists. This example shows a well-to-do woman practicing embroidery. Placed at her side is a blue book.