1829 Born in Southampton.
1840 Becomes the youngest ever student to attend the Royal Academy Schools.
1846 Has a painting accepted for exhibition at the Royal Academy.
1848 Millais, together with William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and others form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood at a meeting at Millais’ parental home in Gower St in London.
1849 Isabella, his first painting in the Pre-Raphaelite manner is exhibited at the Royal Academy.
1850 The extreme realism of Christ in the Carpenter’s Shop provokes attacks on grounds of blasphemy.
1852 Exhibits Ophelia and A Huguenot at the RA to critical acclaim.
1853 Elected ARA. Spends the summer on holiday in Scotland with the critic John Ruskin and his wife Effie. Millais and Effie fall in love.
1854 Ruskin’s six-year (unconsummated) marriage to Effie is annulled.
1855 The marriage of Millais and Effie causes a scandal. The couple move to Perth near Effie’s parents.
1860’s Increasingly moves away from the tenets of Pre-Raphaelitism.
1870’s Cultivates a highly successful commercial portrait practice.
1885 Created a baronet.
1886 Elected President of the Royal Academy. Dies in London.
1849 Isabella, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
1850 Christ in the House of His Parents, London, Tate
1851 The Woodman’s Daughter, London, Guildhall Art Gallery
1851 The Return of the Dove to the Ark, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum
1851 The Bridesmaid , Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum
1852 Ophelia, London, Tate
1853 *The Order of Release *, London, Tate
1853 A Waterfall at Glenfinlas, Delaware, Art Museum
1854 Waiting, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
1856 Autumn Leaves, Manchester City Art Gallery
1856 The Blind Girl, Birmingham, Museums and Art Gallery
1857 Sir Isumbras at the Ford, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery
1858 The Vale of Rest, London, Tate
1859 Spring (Apple Blossoms), Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery
1860 The Black Brunswicker, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery
1870 Boyhood of Raleigh, London, Tate
1873 Mrs Bischoffsheim, London, Tate
1881 John Henry Newman, London, National Portrait Gallery
1886 Bubbles, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery