Listening to Art

11.11: Milly Childers, Self-Portrait

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Listening to Art, by William Denton.

Volume eleven, number eleven: Self-Portrait by Milly Childers.

Hello, and welcome to Listening to Art. I’m William Denton.

Milly Childers (1866–1922) was an English painter. Little has been written about her, so I will quote something she wrote about someone else, in this case her father, Hugh Childers, a Victorian politician who served as First Lord of the Admiralty and Chancellor of the Exchequer, among other roles. Her brother Spencer Childers edited The Life and Correspondence of the Right Hon. Hugh C.E. Childers 1827–1896, and at the end of volume two there is a description of their father by Milly Childers (p. 295):

Though no artist, he took a great interest in pictures. It seemed to me that, like religious questions and politics, they appealed to him specially from their historical side, and he knew a great deal about the different schools, dates, and styles. The Italian pictures interested him most of all, and he would often visit the smaller cities of Northern Italy, where special masters are seen in such perfection.

This is a painting, oil on canvas, 68 cm wide by 92 cm high.

Now let’s listen to Self-Portrait by Milly Childers, recorded at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, in Dublin, on 23 August 2022.

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That was Self-Portrait by Milly Childers. I hope you enjoyed listening to it as much as I did.

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All web sites accessed as of date of publication.

Childers, Spencer. The Life and Correspondence of the Right Hon. Hugh C.E. Childers 1827–1896. London: John Murray, 1901.

Art UK. “Self Portrait.” Art UK.

Wikipedia, s.v. “Milly Childers,”