Born in Brentford, Middlesex, this artist gave consecutive sending-in addresses as 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. Wood comments that he sometimes signed as W Croxford Edwards, who is given a separate entry with the same information in Victorian Painters.
William lived in Newquay from 1898, continuing to paint coastal and countryside scenes until his death there in 1926. His daughter Grace Butterworth nee Croxford was an accomplished miniature painter.
He was a cousin of Thomas Swainson CROXFORD, also a landscape painter from Brentford who exhibited Cornish scenes. He travelled widely and also abroad.
Landscape and marine painter; water-colourist
RA (5); RBA; RI; FIN
Hayle Exhibition of works 1992
Penlee House, Penzance A Village in Focus: Mousehole, A Village in Focus: Newlyn 29 Nov 2008 - 14 Mar 2009
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p320)
Hayle Exhibition notes (1992)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Whybrow (1994) St Ives
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters
The Year's Art