1856 Born in Florence to wealthy expatriate American parents.
1874 Enters the studio of Charles Carolus-Duran in Paris.
1877 His portrait of Miss Fanny Watts is accepted by the Salon.
1884 His portrait of Madame X is attacked on grounds of being decadent. This minor scandal persuades Sargent he should move to London.
1885–6 Spends the late summer of both years at Broadway in the Cotswolds, the guest of an American doctor.
1886 Settles in London permanently following encouragement by his friend Henry James.
1887 Visits the USA (his second trip) where he is fêted, receiving numerous commissions.
1894 Accepts a commission to paint a series of murals at the Boston Public Library.
1907 At the height of his fame as the pre-eminent portrait painter in both Britain and the USA, Sargent announces that he will accept no further portrait commissions. Exceptions are in fact made for friends.
1916 Begins work on murals for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Visits the Rocky Mountains.
1918 Visits the front in France and produces watercolours and other works such as Gassed.
1925 Dies in London
1876 Young Man in Reverie, New York, Brooklyn Museum
1878 Oyster Gatherers of Cancale, Washington DC, Corcoran Gallery of Art
1879 In the Luxembourg Gardens, Philadelphia Museum of Art
1879 Madame Franois Buloz, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1881 Egyptians Raising Water from the Nile, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1881 Vernon Lee, London, Tate
1882 The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
1882 Italian Girl with a Fan, Cincinnati, Art Museum
1882 Venetian Water Carriers, Worcester, MA, Art Museum
1884 Madame X , New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1886 Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, London, Tate
1888 Claude Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood, London, Tate
1889 Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth, London, Tate
1889 Paul Helleu Sketching, New York, Brooklyn Museum
1893 Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland
1894 W. Graham Robertson, London, Tate
1896 Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children, London, Tate
1901 Ena and Betty, Daughters of Asher and Mrs Wertheimer, London, Tate
1902 Portrait of Lord Ribblesdale, London, National Gallery
1902 The Misses Hunter, London, Tate
1908 Almina, Daughter of Asher Wertheimer, London, Tate
1910 Val d’Aosta, London, Tate
1913 Henry James, London, National Portrait Gallery
1919 Gassed, London, Imperial War Museum
1923 Sir Philip Sassoon, London, Tate