Ettore or Edoardo Ettore Forti was an Italian painter, who was prolific in depicting realistic Neo-Pompeian scenes of Ancient Roman life and events. These subjects were popular in the late-Victorian period, as exemplified by the popularity of Lawrence Alma-Tadema, as an example.
There is little definitive available about Forti's biography. His paintings are signed with his name an Rome. Different sources can not cite a place of birth or birth date, and do not agree about a birth date. Nothing is known of his training. Many sources claim he was active a few decades before and after 1900: he exhibited in Berlin between 1893 and 1897. He exhibited at the Mostra della Romana Società degli Amatori e Cultori in 1905.
One favorite topic is an salesman displaying artwork to well-dressed female patrician women, often in elegant settings.