Elma Mary Gove (1832–1921) was an American painter.
Born in Weare, New Hampshire, Gove was the daughter of Hiram and Mary Sargent Gove; her dad was a hatmaker who well ahead became a self-trained physician, and her mother was an early innovative for women's rights. By 1848 the couple was estranged. They divorced in that year – one precipitating matter was Hiram's kidnapping of Elma, which her mom soon put right. Mary soon remarried, and Elma travelled to New York City to psychoanalysis as an artist; in 1848 she enrolled in the prehistoric class of the National Academy of Design for the year. She identified herself on registration as a "painter", suggesting that she already had some experience in the role. With the annual take steps of 1849, at which she exhibited three crayon portraits, she began to participate in the Academy's exhibitions. Over the as soon as fifteen years she continued to appear in in crayon, but she branched out into oils as well; at the 1851 annual exhibition she showed two portraits, including one of Eliphalet Nott. Gove continued showing at the Academy until 1864; she along with presented bill at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Boston Athenaeum. She was mainly a portraitist, but produced genre pieces and religious works as well. Her paintings were owned by James Renwick Brevoort and Edward W. Nichols, among others, and a portrait by her of Nichols is in the stock of the National Academy of Design.
Gove lived in New York from in the region of 1849 at least until 1855; in 1857 and 1858 she is known to have been in Cincinnati. While there, she normal a medal in 1857 for her crayon drawings, which she exhibited at the annual undertaking of the Ohio Mechanics' Institute. Among her patrons in the city was Henry Worrall, who loaned one of her charcoal portraits to an exhibition of the Cincinnati Associated Artists in 1866. By 1859 she was assist in Brooklyn, briefly, before establishing a studio at 806 Broadway. There she remained at least until 1864. By 1866 she was giving her house as Paris subsequent to providing comport yourself for exhibits; in 1870 she was noted as being on her pretension to Great Malvern. She married one Thomas Letchworth soon after arriving in England, and the couple had two children. It appears that she remained in England for the land of her life.