1811 – James Henry Beard was born in Buffalo, New York. American portrait painter.
1822 – At the age of eleven moved with his family to Painesville, Ohio.
– Beard taught himself how to paint and worked for a number of years as an itinerant portrait painter in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Louisville.
1834 – He settled in Cincinnati, Ohio and wintered in New Orleans.
1846 – Beard was active in New York City and moved there permanently.
1848 – He was made an associate member of the National Academy of Design.
1872 – Was elected a full member in the National Academy of Design.
1880 – ‘He’s Not for Sale’ exemplifies two abilities for which Beard’s contemporaries admired him the most, sentimental portraits of children and images of dogs.
– ‘The Penitent’ and the particularly engaging ‘Hounded Pup’ are representative examples of Beard’s humorous, anthropomorphic interpretations of his canine subjects.
1893 – Beard died in Flushing, Queens.