Autograph Letter Signed, to E.W.Cooke R.A., accepting an invitation to dine, and providing train times. 2 pp. 6 x 4 inches, fine. 16 Adam Street, Manchester Square, 2 May 1879. Ernest Crofts (1847-1911) was one of the leading military-historical painters of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, exhibiting well over forty paintings at the Royal Academy and numerous scenes at other exhibitions depicting soldiers in battle or on campaign.