Autograph Letter Signed ‘Philip H.Calderon’, supporting Mrs. Mathews’ application “to draw and paint from the animals in the Zoological Gardens”. 2 pp. 6 x 4 inches, fine. 9 Marlborough Place, St. John’s Wood, 13 May 1874. P.H.Calderon (1833-1898), painter. He was Keeper of the Royal Academy. From the beginning he was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites, and some of his work showed the detail, deep colours, and realistic forms that characterize the style. Calderon became a leading member of the St John’s Wood Clique, a group of artists interested in modern genre and historical subjects. Historical, biblical, and literary themes were common in Calderon’s later work.