Timeline

1824
Born on May 11th
1841
Went to Paris, France and worked under Paul Delaroche
1844–1845
Accompanied Paul Delaroche to Italy
1847
Third-class medal for The Cockfight, Salon of 1847
1848
Second- class medal for his paintings The Virgin, the Infant Jesus and St John, and Anacreon, Bacchus and Cupid , Salon of 1848
1851
Decorated a vase that was later offered by Emperor Napoleon III of France to Prince Albert, now part of the Royal Collection at St. James's Palace, London
1852
Received a commission by Alfred Emilien Comte de Nieuwerkerke, Surintendant des Beaux-Arts to the court of Napoleon III, for the painting of a large historical canvas, the Age of Augustus image of the painting.
1853
Traveled to Constantinople
1854
Made a journey to Turkey and the shores of the Danube
1854
Completed a commission of decorating the Chapel of St. Jerome in the church of St. Séverin, Paris, France
1856
Visited Egypt for the first time
1858
Helped to decorate the Paris house of Prince Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte
1865
Elected a member of the Institut de France
1867
Already a knight in the Légion d'honneur, he was promoted to an officer
1869
Elected an honorary member of the British Royal Academy
1869
He was invited, along with the most eminent French artists, to the opening of the Suez Canal
1904
Died in his atelier on January 10th