- 1798 Delacroix was born at Charenton-Saint-Maurice in Île-de-France, near Paris.
- 1822 The impact of Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa was profound, and stimulated Delacroix to produce his first major painting, The Barque of Dante, which was accepted by the Paris Salon in 1822. The work caused a sensation, and was largely derided by the public and officialdom, yet was purchased by the State for the Luxembourg Galleries; the pattern of widespread opposition to his work, countered by a vigorous, enlightened support, would continue throughout his life. Two years later he again achieved popular success for his The Massacre at Chios.
- 1862 Delacroix participated in the creation of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.
- 1863 died in Paris.