James Warren Childe

(1778 - 19 September 1862)

Miniature painter, first appears as an exhibitor in the Royal Academy in 1798. In that year he was residing at 29 Compton Street, Soho, and seems to have been a brother of Elias Childe [q. v.], who resided at the same place. His first exhibited works were landscapes, chiefly taken from London and the immediate neighbourhood. He first appears as a miniature painter in 1815, and seems to have thenceforth adopted that particular line exclusively. From that year to 1853 he was a constant exhibitor of miniatures at the Royal Academy, and also at the Suffolk Street gallery. Most of his exhibited works were portraits of best known and most popular actors and actresses of the day. His own children were also favourite subjects, some of whom also adopted art as a profession. Childe resided the greater part of his life at 39 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, and died at Searsdale Terrace, Kensington, aged 82.

[Redgrave's Dict. English Artists; Graves's Dict. Artists, 1760-1880; Royal Academy Cat. & Society of British Artists; Times, 23-Sep-1862; Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Vol. 10; Childe, James Warren, by Lionel Henry Cust]