Déménagement d'un piano, à Rio-de-Janeiro
"Moving a Piano, in Rio de Janeiro" (caption translation). This engraving shows six men who seem to be jogging while singing something as they transport a piano on their heads through the streets. They are part of a much larger group involved in moving someone's household goods and furniture. François-Auguste Biard (1799-1882), or François Thérèse Biard, was a French painter and traveler. Around 1858, he spent two years in Brazil working at the court of Emperor Pedro II. From Rio de Janeiro, he made several excursions into the interior, where he painted some of the earliest images of indigenous people in the Amazon. On his return to France, he went through North America and painted scenes depicting slavery. He published around 180 engravings and was sometimes criticized for inserting humour in otherwise serious paintings. See Ana Lucia Araujo, Brazil through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015).
François-Auguste Biard, Deux Annèes au Brèsil (Paris: Hachette, 1862), p. 91.
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South America--Brazil--Rio de Janeiro
"Déménagement d'un piano, à Rio-de-Janeiro", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed February 23, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2425