The black-and-white photo shows Erika Mann at the age of 43. She is sitting on a chair and looking towards the left with her elbow supported on her knee. In her right hand, she is holding a piece of paper that has been covered in writing, folded in half and then unfolded. She is wearing a plain linen suit and a watch; a ring adorns her right hand and she is holding a cigarette between the fingers of her left hand.