François-Auguste Biard

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Scenes on the Coast of Africa by François-Auguste Biard, 1840
Magdalena Bay by François-Auguste Biard, 1840

François-Auguste Biard (Lyon, 15 October 1799 – Les Plâtreries, Samois-sur-Seine,[1][2] 30 June 1882) was a French genre painter.

His painting, Scenes on the Coast of Africa, depicted on the right, was the inspiration behind Isaac Julien's short film The Attendant (1993). Biard was a known abolitionist against the Atlantic slave trade. He travelled extensively around the world. He was particularly successful in rendering burlesque groups like in Sea Sickness on a British Corvet (Dallas Museum of Art).

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "Biard, Auguste François". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne. 

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