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Sir Adolph William Bouguereau
(1825 - 1905)

1825 Born 30 November in La Rochelle
1838 Takes drawing lessons from Louis Sage
1841 Family moves to Bordeaux
1842 Attends the Ecole Municipale de Dessin et de Peinture part-time, under Jean-Paul Alaux
1844 Wins the first prize for figure painting
1846 Enrols at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in the studio of François-Edouard Picot
1847 Work for a wine merchant keeping books
1850 Awarded the Grand Prix de Rome
1850 Leaves for Rome where he stays at the Villa Medici until 1854
1856 Marries Marie-Nelly Monchablon
1857 The Salon bestows the Medal of Honour on Bouguereau for his Bartholoni décor as well as for his painting, The Return of Tobias
1870 France declares war on Prussia, Bouguereau enlists in the Garde Nationale
1872 Participates in the World’s Fair in Vienna as a jury member and as an exhibitor
1877 Nelly dies
1881 Commissioned to provide decorations for the Chapelle de la Vierge of the St Vincent-de-Paul church in Paris
1881 The Société des Artistes Français is founded and Bouguereau is elected the first president of the Painting section
1885 Elected president of the benevolent association founded by Baron Taylor, whose goal was to accumulate funds to help support less-fortunate artists and their families
1889 Awarded membership in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Belgium
1891 Participates in the Berlin Exposition in March
1892 Travels to London where he prepares an exhibit of French artists at the Royal Academy
1897 Marries Elizabeth Jane Gardner
1903 Made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor
1905 Dies 19 August in La Rochelle

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