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A Pictorial Illusion

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Philip H. Calderón was elected A. R. A. ín 1864 - the same year and at the same time as Frederick Leighton. Nor has the Royal academy ever elected two men who have been more devoted to its service. Those student days in Paris with his friend Marco, when they had rather to rongh it - those dolefnl days of doubt when he feared he would have to give np all thoughtsof art were all past. He was in a pleasant and lofty studio in Marlborough place, built at his own expense, and there were pietures on tho easel that commanded four figures. His painting partook oí the happy times. His touch was firm and confldent, his color joyous, and he showed that in dexterity at least he waa not to be outdone. Among other things he painted, chiefly tor amusement, or as a "fetch, " as ve used to cali it, a portrait oí his wife, liíe size, standing in a doorway with her hand on the door handle and her foot on the step, looking back over her shoulder, as though she were quitting the room. The picture was placed against the paneled wall of the studio and was such a perfect illuisou that it Jooked, not like a picture, but a reality - so much so that genial Torn Landseer, the engiaver, who called one day, made a most profound bow to it and, addressing the efiïey, said, "Pray, do not leave