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Croker, Thomas Crofton, 1798-1854
Born in Cork, Thomas Crofton Croker was the only son of Major Thomas Croker of the 38th Infantry. From an early age he travelled extensively around Ireland collecting poetry, songs and legends of the Gaelic Irish. He was an accomplished writer and competent artist. Through the influence of John Wilson Croker (no relation), Crofton Croker obtained a clerkship in the Admiralty in London, where he worked until 1850. He embarked upon a literary career in earnest while honouring his administrative duties, publishing 'Researches in the South of Ireland' in 1824 and 'The Fairy Legends' and 'Traditions of the South of Ireland' the following year. Among his close associates were Daniel Maclise and Walter Scott.
Front cover of Thomas Crofton Croker Album
Album page by Crofton Croker with Royal Academy listing and study detail by Briggs of a fusilier
Album page by Crofton Croker with Royal Academy listing and study detail by Briggs of a fusilier