The battle of Dettingen, fought on 27 June 1743, is noteworthy as the last occasion on which a British sovereign led his troops into battle. The Art Journal commented that 'Mr Crofts has done well to commemorate the incident'.
The battle took place during the War of the Austrian Accession, during which the Austrian Empire suffered hostilities from both Prussia and France. George II, King of England and Elector of Hanover, led a combined force of British, Hanoverian and Austrian troops and defeated the French army.
Crofts was a rival of Richard Caton Woodville who also specialised in military scenes. They studied together in Düsseldorf under Hünten, himself a pupil of the renowned battle painter Horace Vernet.