1834 – Born on May 11th in Vesoul, France.
1848 – At school in Vesoul he had much academic success from an early age, in his final year receiving first prize in chemistry, an honourable mention in physics and another prize in oil painting, having commenced painting lessons when aged 14 after five years of drawing classes.
1850 – He set out for Paris with a letter of introduction to Paul Delaroche who was then at the height of his fame.
1844 – He entered the atelier of the famous Swiss painter and teacher Charles Gleyre who had more or less taken over from Delaroche.
1861 – Gérôme planned an eight month visit to Egypt and the Near East with the intention, following his return, of marrying Marie Goupil, the daughter of Adolphe Goupil, his dealer.
1864 – A new curriculum was inaugurated for the École and three painting ateliers were founded. Gérôme was appointed as professor of one which opened.
1865 – He was elected a member of the Imperial Institute.
1867 – Was promoted from a knight to an officer in the Legion of Honour.
1869 – Was elected an honorary member of the British Royal Academy; and awarded a decoration, the Grand Order of the Red Eagle, Third Class, by the King of Prussia.
– He was invited to be among the distinguished group of French artistic and literary élite to see the opening of the Suez Canal.
1884 – He objected to the Manet memorial exhibition at the École.
1904 – Died on January 10th in Paris, France.