Giuseppe Signorini was a genre painter and watercolourist of North African and Near Eastern scenes. Born in Rome in 1857, he studied at the Bella Arti under the famous Roman artist Aurelio Tiratelli. His studio in the via Margutta was well-known and his students included Roberto Raimoni, Il Marchese Rappini and Gustavo Carini. Signorini had another studio in Paris where he went during the winter. He admired orientalist artists such as Jean-Léon Gérôme, Mariano Fortuny and Ernest Meissonier.