|1755||Stuart is born in Kingston, Rhode Island.|
|1769||Stuart becomes apprentice to a Scottish portraitist in Newport.|
|1772||Stuart lives in Scotland for a year.|
|1775||American Revolution begins with the battles of Lexington and Concord. |
Stuart moves from Newport to London.
|1776||The Continental Congress adopts The Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.|
|1777||Stuart enters Benjamin West’s studio in London.|
|1781||British troops surrender to American forces at Yorktown.|
|1782||Stuart, in London, gains recognition with The Skater.|
|1783||Treaty of Paris is signed, establishing peace between the new|
United States and England.
Stuart receives a commission for portraits of fifteen London artists,
including Reynolds, West, and Copley.
|1786||Stuart marries Charlotte Coates, the daughter of an English doctor.|
|1787||Stuart moves to Dublin and enjoys great success in the Irish capital.|
|1789||George Washington is inaugurated as first president. |
The first session of the United States Congress meets in New York.
Stuart is briefly imprisoned in Dublin for debts.
|1790||The federal capital is transferred from New York to Philadelphia.|
|1793|| Washington begins his second term as president.|
Stuart returns to the United States and spends more than a year in New York.
|1795||Stuart paints his first portrait of George Washington in Philadelphia.|
|1797||John Adams is inaugurated as second president; Washington retires to Mount Vernon.|
|1799||Death of Washington|
|1800||The federal capital is transferred to Washington, DC.|
|1801||Thomas Jefferson is inaugurated as third president.|
|1803|| President Jefferson negotiates the Louisiana Purchase. |
Stuart moves to Washington, DC.
|1805||Stuart settles in Boston for the remainder of his life.|
|1809||James Madison is inaugurated as fourth president.|
|1812||War with Great Britain breaks out.|
|1814||British troops enter Washington, DC, and burn the White House; a peace treaty is signed at the end of the year.|
|1817||James Monroe is inaugurated as fifth president.|
|1821||Stuart receives a commission from John Doggett to paint a series of portraits of the first five presidents.|
|1825||John Quincy Adams is inaugurated as sixth president.|
|1828||Stuart dies, leaving his family poverty stricken. Philadelphia artists wear black armbands for a month.|