Born in Earlville, Illinois, Grover (1861-1927) was the son of the lawyer Alonzo Jackson Grover, known for his stand against slavery and his support of an "underground railway" to transport fugitive slaves to Canada. Oliver traveled to Munich after studying four years at the University of Chicago. During the 1879-80 school year he enrolled in Munich's Royal Academy and studied with Frank Duveneck. Already in 1880, he was exhibiting at Munich's International Exposition. Grover followed Duveneck to Venice and Florence, then studied further in Paris between 1883 and 1885 under Boulanger and Lefebvre.
Back in Chicago in 1885, Grover opened a studio and founded the Western Art Association. We find h
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