Calderon, Philip Hermogenes

BORN 3 May 1833, Poitiers, Vienne - DIED 30 Apr 1898, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (121/3 (24806))

Philip Hermogenes Calderon was the son of a French mother and a Spanish father, the Reverend Juan Calderón (1791-1854). His father converted to Anglicanism and was professor of Spanish literature. In 1850 Philip attended Leigh's Art School in London and in 1851 he went to Paris where François-Édouard Picot was his teacher. In 1852 his painting "By the waters of Babylon" attracted attention and "Broken Vows" was popular in 1856. He married Clara Storey, the sister of his friend G.A. Storey, and they had at least three sons: Frank, William, and George.

His work showed the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites. He was a member of the St John's Wood Clique that painted genre and historical subjects. Over time, his association with Fredric Leighton influenced him towards a more classical style. He became Keeper of the Royal Academy in 1887. His painting "St Elizabeth of Hungary's great act of renunciation" (1891, Tate Gallery, London) was controversial because it was suspected of containing an anti-Catholic message. He died in 1897 in London. Clara died in 1921 and was buried beside him at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.


The grave of Philip Calderon at Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.
Picture by Androom (18 Apr 2024)


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Philip Hermogenes Calderon - Wikipedia

Callas, Maria

Published: 06 May 2024
Last update: 06 May 2024