CROKE, Lewis Edmund

1875 - 1945

Born at Paddington, London on 21 July 1875, son of Charles John Croke, a civil servant, and his second wife Mary Augusta née Martin, who married at Kensington, London in 1873. In 1881, a 5 year old living at 16 Warwick Crescent, Kensington with his parents, 55 year old Charles and 41 year old Mary with two step-brothers Charles William 25 and Wentworth Augustus John 10, with siblings Diana Emile Caroline 7, Blanche Augusta 3 and newly born Mary Lavina. He married at Paddington in 1900, Constance Nora Anne Radcliffe Pontifex, an author, and in 1901 was an insurance clerk living at 14 Warwick Road, Ealing, Brentford, Middlesex with his 26 year old wife Constance. Pastellist, engraver (dry-point), lithographer, and specialised in engraving and drawing landscapes and the English countryside, showing great sensitivity to seasonal changes. From 1927 to 1932 he exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Franšais, where he showed dry-point engravings and lithographs, and at the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art in 1928 exhibited 'Spring at Beddingham' from 2 The Mall, Ealing, London. In 1939 a married artist living at Manor Farm, Blythburgh, Suffolk with a housekeepr Kathleen J. Rouse (born 23 November 1911). He died at Blythburgh in 1945, aged 70. His wife died at Ealing in 1953.