Alfred Ernest Child


Alfred Ernest CHILD (1875–1939) was born in London. He left school to work in an accountant's office but after a year it was suggested that his talents would be better utilised in an artistic career. He won a scholarship to one of the London schools and began studying stained glass. In the late 1890s Child began working in the studio of Christopher Whall, a leading designer of stained glass, as an assistant glass-painter and designer. He entered the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art in September 1901 and two months later formed a class in stained glass. He became manager of An Túr Gloine when it opened in 1903. Child designed windows for churches including Loughrea Cathedral, the Honan Chapel at University College Cork and the Unitarian Church, Dublin. Perhaps Child's main contribution to stained glass in Ireland was the teaching of technique and practical approach to the making of a window. He trained both Harry Clarke and Michael Healy. Despite failing eyesight, he worked at An Túr Gloine until his death in 1939.
Four windows by Child are to be found in Mayo, in the Chapel of the Convent of Divine Providence, Foxford.

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