She was the daughter of Hugh Childers, a prominent Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister of his generation. Little is known about Milly Childers's early life; she began exhibiting her art around 1890. After her father's 1892 retirement from public service, father and daughter traveled together through England and France; Milly Childers painted landscapes and church interiors. Her father's social and political connections brought his daughter some commissioned work, including as a restorer and copyist for Lord Halifax at Temple Newsam.
One of Childers' best-known works is a portrait of her father; another is her own self portrait from 1889. Other of her better-known works are "Children Playing Hoops in the Street, Arromanches" and "The Pannier market, Barnstaple". Her style shows influences from the Impressionists.
- Deborah Cherry, Painting Women: Victorian Women Artists, London, Routledge, 1993.
- Edmund Spencer Eardley Childers, The Life and Correspondence of Hugh C. E. Childers, 1827–1896, 2 Vols., London, John Murray, 1901.
- Liz Rideal, Mirror, Mirror: Self-Portraits by Women Artists, New York, Watson-Guptill, 2002; p. 44.
- British Women Painters: 1893 Exposition
- The Terrace (1909 painting of the terrace at the UK Houses of Parliament)
- Photo of Childers and her work (National Portrait Gallery, London)
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