1816 – Born on April 9th in Corofin, Co Clare. Irish water-colour painter and Director of the National Gallery.
1841 – His best known works, apart from his portraits, were: ‘The Arran Fisherman’s Drowned Child’, and ‘A Connaught Toilette’.
1854 – He continued to paint and exhibit in Dublin until he went to live and study on the Continent.
1864-1969 – His best-known later works include ‘The Meeting on the Turret Stairs’ and ‘Cassandra Fedele’.
1874 – Gladstone appointed him Director of the National Gallery in London, and he never painted another picture.
1884 – For his great work he was knighted and received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Trinity College, Dublin.
1894 – He retired and lived quietly in Kensington.
1900 – Died on March 16th in Kensington, London.