1816      May 2. August Egg born, third son of Joseph Egg, gunmaker in Piccadilly.

1836      Admitted as Probatoner to the Royal Academy Schools

1841      October: participates in committee to consider establshing a new exhibition.

1843        Exhibits The Introdiuction of Sir Piercie Shafton to Robert Gledinning; travels with W. P. Frith on the Continent.

1844        Exhibits The Devil on Two Sticks

1845       Exhibits Autolyclus seling his wares (scene from A Winter's Tale); Exhibits Buckingham Rebuffed

c.1845       Exhibits in Westminster Hall Love

1846         Moves from Gerrard Street to Ivy Cottage, Queen's Road, Bayswater; Exhibits at the Royal Acaemy two works: Katherine and Petruccio and Bianca and her Music-Maker

1848        Queen Elizabeth discovers she is no longer young

1850        Working on Peter the Great's first sight of Katherine of Russia

1851        Exhibits Pepys's introduction to Nell Gwynn. Arranges sale of W. H. Hunt's Rienzi to a Mr. Gibbons of Regent's Park

1852        Acts in amateur production of Bulwer-Lytton's Not so bad as we seem at the Haymarket to raise funds for "decayed players."

1853        Working on The Life and Death of Buckingham (Mellon Art Center for British Art, Yale U.). Moved to the Elms, Campden Hill

1854        Exhibits A Scene from "Nigel" and A Study [Charles I raising his standard at Nottingham].

1855        Acts in amateur productions of Wilkie Collin's Frozen Deep throughout England. Purchases Wallis's The Death of Chatterton.

1857        Exhibits A Scene from Thackeray's "Esmond" and Beatrice dubbing Esmond her knight. Purchases P. B. Morris's Voices from the Sea before its completion — one of many examples of his helping young artists, including Wallis and Hunt.

1858        Exhibits work now known as Past and Present.


Hunt, William Holman. "Notes on the Life of August L. Egg." The Reader. 1 (1863): 462, 486-67, 557-58; 2 (1863): 42-43, 91, 516-17; 3 (1864): 56-57. The essay appeared anonymously, but Hunt discusses writing it with William Bell Scott, one of whose letters he included in the text.

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