1769 – born in Bristol on the 13th of April.
1784 – He gained the prize and silver-gilt palette of the Society of Arts for a crayon drawing after Raphael’s "Transfiguration," and presently beginning to paint in oil.
1787 – He had briefly entertained, Lawrence came to London, was kindly received by Sir Joshua Reynolds and became a student at the Royal Academy.
1791 – He began to exhibit almost immediately, and his reputation increased so rapidly that he became an associate of the Academy.
1794 – He was a Royal Academician, and he became the fashionable portrait painter of the age, his sitters including England’s most notable people, and ultimately most of the crowned heads of Europe.
1815 – He was knighted.
1818 – He went to Aachen to paint the sovereigns and diplomats gathered there for the third congress, and visited Vienna and Rome, everywhere receiving flattering marks of distinction from princes, due as much to his courtly manners as to his merits as an artist.
1830 – Died on the 7th of January.