A Crimean Tatar family travels on horseback and on foot near Yalta. Women in burkas carry infants in their laps.
According to Demidov, the Tatars were free to pursue their favorite economic activities, including the farming "at which they excel." Demidov praised their mastery of irrigation, orchardry and gardening and pointed out that "during the summer season, the influx of wealthy people who come to inhabit the southern coast of Crimea offers Tatar farmers a profitable outlet for their products..." Demidov described the Tatars as "well-housed, well-dressed, and, in a word, well-provided with all they could need for their way of life." (30) Demidov's view of Tatar life should be read against the many sources that offer a dramatically different perspective.
The lithograph is dated 15 August 1837.