1881 Born Manchester, CT, youngest of 11 children
1901–04 Yale University
1904–07 Studies at Art Students League, New York City
1907–10 Studies at Académie Julian, Paris
1910–11 President Art Students League, NYC
1911 Exhibited at le Salon des Artistes Français
1912–15 Establishes studio in Manchester, CT; paints in Maine, Santa Fe, NM, southern California; solo exhibits in New Haven and at Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
1916 Paints in Topsham, VT, and Woodstock, NY; diagnosed with TB, sent to sanatorium in Colorado Springs
1917 Paints at Colorado Springs; solo exhibit at Wadsworth Atheneum and Society of Independent Artists, NYC
1916–21 Paints in Connecticut and Vermont
1919–20 Exhibits at Wadsworth Atheneum; Portland, ME
1921–22 Santa Barbara; Buffalo; Babcock Galleries, NYC; Rhode Island School of Design; Wadsworth Atheneum
1923 Exhibits Colorado Springs; San Francisco; NYC; summer in France with niece Helen and Farwell Knapp; winters with H. Phelps and Ruth Putnam in Calais, France
1924 Solo exhibits Oakland; Babcock Galleries, NYC; Hartford and Washington, DC, galleries. Returns to France and Italy, meets F.O. Matthiessen
1925–26 Returns for solo exhibits NYC, Hartford, Baltimore
1926 Paints and solo exhibits in Santa Barbara and Pasadena; Wadsworth Atheneum
1927 Solo exhibits Babcock Galleries, NYC; Wadsworth Atheneum; invited portrait of F.O. Matthiessen, National Academy of Design Modern Group exhibition; begins summering at Kittery, ME
1928–29 Changes representation to Montross Gallery, NYC; solo exhibits Montross, Yale Art Gallery; group shows in NYC, Hartford, Philadelphia, Chicago
1930 Paints and exhibits in Santa Fe; NYC; Hartford; F.O. Matthiessen buys him house and studio in Kittery, ME
1931–33 Group shows Chicago; Cleveland; Hartford; Ogunquit, ME; Andover, MA; solo exhibits San Antonio; Montross, NYC; Hartford; Santa Fe; Santa Barbara, San Diego, and San Francisco
1934–35 Exhibits Montross Gallery, NYC; Grace Horne Gallery, Boston; Hartford; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; Addison Gallery, Andover, MA; Portsmouth; group shows Ogunquit; Chicago, Century of Progress; Century Association, NYC
1936–41 Exhibits Grace Horne Gallery, Boston; Portland; Kittery Point, ME; Portsmouth; new NYC representation at Ferargil Galleries, NYC
1941–45 Hospitalized for alcoholism, painted Portsmouth, Kittery, and Texas; exhibits at Santa Fe, and Abilene
1945 July 12, Russell Cheney dies at home, Kittery, ME