1734 Born in Derby, the son of a lawyer.
1751 Enters the London studio of Thomas Hudson, training as a portrait painter.
1753 Returns to Derby.
1756 Spends another year with Hudson.
1757 Returns again to Derby.
1768 Moves to Liverpool.
1773 Leaves Britain in October for Italy.
1774 Arrives in Rome in February. Travels to Naples and witnesses an eruption of Vesuvius in October.
1775 Returns to Britain, visiting Florence and Venice on the way. Bases himself in Bath.
1777 Settles permanently in Derby.
1781 Elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy.
1797 Dies in Derby.
1766 A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery, Derby Museum and Art Gallery
1768 An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, London, National Gallery
1768 Richard Gildart, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
1769 Mrs Frances Hesketh, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
1770–72 Mr and Mrs Thomas Coltman, London, National Gallery
1776 The Annual Girandola at the Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
1778 Grotto by the Seaside in the Kingdom of Naples , Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
c1780 Matlock Tor by Moonlight , New Haven, Yale Center for British Art
c1780 Self Portrait, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art
1781 Sir Brooke Boothby, London, Tate
1781 The Synnot Children, Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria
1782 A Lake by Moonlight, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art
c1785 Dovedale by Moonlight, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts
c1789 The Dead Soldier, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art
1791 Three Children of Richard Arkwright with a Kite, London, Tate
c1796 Derwent Water, with Skiddaw in the distance, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art