The colonial building depicted in this work has been identified as the Palace of the Governors located in the city of Lomé in Togo in West Africa. Herviault made numerous trips to West Africa from 1926 onwards staying on each occasion up to six months. He was born in the French city of Nantes in 1884 but travelled to Paris to study under Fernand Cormon at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He would begin exhibiting his work in the years shortly before World War One but the main body of his work would be executed post War. In 1926 he was sent as an official artist of the Ministiere des Colonies to Togo which would begin a love affair with Africa that would last his lifetime. He exhibited on many occasions at the Societe Coloniale des Artistes Francais winning numerous medals and prizes. In the early 1930’s he was commissioned by the French Government to design some postage stamps for their colony in Moyen Congo (Middle Congo) and in 1934 for French Polynesia. Andre Herviault died in France in 1969.