Garfield Dove was born in upstate New York in
1880, when the United States was still largely
rural and provincial. Dove's formative years
were spent living the simple life, close to
nature, and we see that influence in his work.
Dove enrolled at Cornell University in Ithaca
to study law, but by the time he completed his
A.B. degree he had decided to become an illustrator,
drawing for McClure's, Century, Collier's, St.
Nicholas, and The Illustrated Sporting News
In 1904 he married Florence Dorsey; in 1908
they went to Paris where he gained exposure
to the European art world; they returned to
America in 1909. Dove worked in Westport, Connecticut
to support his wife and son, but soon after
his father died.