Manchester-born (7 January 1861), the artist trained first as a lawyer and married in Penzance in 1885. According to the 1891 Census he was a Newlyn resident, and he served on the provisional Committee of artists when the new Gallery at Newlyn opened on 22nd October 1895.
He took the tenancy of Vivian House in Newlyn in 1889 with his wife Katt Geraldine, and son Stephen, remaining there at least until 1896-97: a local newspaper cutting in 1899 bemoans his absence, along with some others, 'who have either temporarily or permanently cut themselves adrift from Newlyn, leaving us all the poorer.' (Cornishman)
Crooke died on 11 December 1935, age 74, in London (GRO).