"Scenes on the Coast of Africa" by François-Auguste Biard, 1840
"Magdalena Bay" by François-Auguste Biard, 1840
François-Auguste Biard (June 30, 1799 – June 20, 1882) was a French genre painter.
Born at Lyon, he traveled around the world, sketching on the way. He was particularly successful in rendering burlesque groups like in Sea Sickness on a British Corvet (Dallas Museum of Art).
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.