1856 – Born in Florence, Italy on the 12th of January.
1874-1878 – He studied with Carolus-Duran, whose influence would be pivotal.
1879 – He painted a portrait of Carolus-Duran; the virtuoso effort met with public approval.
1880 – He regularly exhibited portraits at the Salon, and these were mostly full-length portrayals of women.
1881 – He painted Madame Ramón Subercaseaux.
1882 – He continued to receive positive critical notice.
1884 – He had painted exotic beauties such as Rosina Ferrara of Capri, and the Spanish expatriate model, Carmela Bertagna, but the earlier pictures had not been intended for broad public reception.
1886 – Finalized his move to London.
1887 – His first major success at the Royal Academy with the enthusiastic response to Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, a large piece, painted on site, of two young girls lighting lanterns in an English garden.
1890 – He averaged fourteen portrait commissions per year, none more beautiful than the genteel Lady Agnew of Lochnaw.
1892 – His success was unmatched; his subjects were at once ennobled and often possessed of nervous energy.
1910 – He forsook portrait painting and focused on landscapes in his later years; he also sculpted later in life.
1909 – He exhibited eightysix watercolours in New York City, eightythree of which were bought by the Brooklyn Museum.
1915-1917 – Made numerous visits to the United States in the last decade of his life, including a stay of two full years.
1916 – He executed murals for the rotunda of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
1925 – He died in London on the 15th of April.