Initially taught by his father, the English painter Charles Coleman, Enrico completed his studies at the Academy of San Luca in Rome and started out with landscapes and genre paintings after the manner of Mariano Fortuny. Prompted by Nino Costa to paint from life like his father, he began to focus on the countryside around Rome in a vast number of works featuring views of peasants at work, rural scenes and animals above all. While an album of works in tempera attests to the artist’s interest in botany, especially orchids, he was also a watercolourist of European renown, admitted to the Rome Society of Watercolourists in 1875 and made an honorary member of the Belgian Royal Society of Watercolourists in 1878. Coleman’s participation in the Esposizione Nazionale of Turin in 1880 initiated a period of great success marked by involvement in all the major Italian exhibitions. He was one of the founding members of the society In Libertas Arte and then president for life of the XXV Campagna Romana group, into which it merged. His career came to an end in 1910 with the presentation of some 50 works at the Esposizione Universale in Rome.