Born in Brentford, Middlesex, this artist later lived at St Leonards on Sea (1896), Hastings (1889), St Ives (1892) and Headlands, Newquay (1894-96). He continued to paint scenes of fishermen and harbours throughout Cornwall into the late 1880s, exhibiting his work in the London galleries of the RA, RBA, RI and the Fine Art Society.
Croxford moved to Newquay in 1898, opening a gallery and studio in Bank Street. His cousin Thomas Croxford visited him there a number of times, and together they painted the Cornish scenery. He continued to paint coastal and countryside scenes until his death there in 1926. His daughter Grace Butterworth nee Croxford was an accomplished miniature painter.
The present painting "Boats near Rye, Sussex" is an attractive watercolour measuring 9" x 10". It is signed lower left and is mounted and framed giving an overall size of 13"x 16".
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