In the early twentieth century, Carlton Fowler established himself as a leading painter and illustrator of urban life. Born in New York City, Fowler left for Paris to train at the center of the international art world: the Academie Julian and the atelier of Caro-Delvaille. Upon his return to New York, he worked as an illustrator for “Vogue,” “Century,” and other prominent magazines and created paintings of Manhattan that conveyed the flash and rhythm of city life. Fowler was admitted into such prestigious art organizations as the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club. He also exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists and the 1901 Buffalo Pan-American Exposition of 1901, where he won a prize.