Francesco Bergamini was born in Italy on 10 December 1815. He studied art at the Academy in Carrare under Guiseppe Diotti, (1779-1846) a painter of religious and historical scenes as well as portraits. He undoubtedly shaped Bergamini’s direction encouraging him to paint figures in a narrative context. He specialised in depicting Italian rustic life with a whimsical theme and satirical content. His works are well painted, and his beautifully crafted interiors and highly detailed figures contribute to a winning recipe. Although he does not appear to have exhibited in England his works were popular with English travellers of the 19th Century. Bergamini died on 30 November 1883.