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 Dorothy Austin Stevens  (1888 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: Ontario / Canada      Known for: painting, illustration and printmaking

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Silver Sands Jamaica - oil on wood panel, 12 1/2 " X 16 1/8" , signed; titled on OSA label on verso, circa 1951.
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Dorothy Stevens (aka:Dorothy Austin Stevens) was a painter, illustrator and printmaker who was born in Toronto and lived there all her life.  Her mediums were oil, pastel, ink and etching.  Her subjects were landscapes, portraits, children and military during World War I (which included ship building, munitions plants and other home front activities).  Her styles were realism and naturalism.
She studied at the Slade School of Art, London (1904) under Henry Tonks, Philip Wilson Steer and Sir Walter Westley Russell; and at the Académie Colarossi, Paris; and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris under Lucien Simon (finishing in 1911).  She travelled extensively in Europe sketching cathedrals.  She also traveled in Mexico and the West Indies.
She taught at the Ontario College of Art, and instructed an art class on Saturday mornings for 15 years, sponsored by the Women’s Art Association in Toronto.
She was a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers (1912), the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Ontario Society of Artists (1914), the Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers and the Royal Canadian Academy (ARCA,1931; RCA 1949).
She exhibited with the RCA  from 1911 to 1951, at the Paris Salon, at the CNE (Toronto), the Montreal Museum of Fine arts and with the other organizations listed above.  Her etchings won the Silver medal at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition (San Francisco) in 1915.


Her work is in many private, corporate and public collections. Some of the public collections are the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa), the National Archives of Canada (Ottawa), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington) and the Edmonton Art Gallery.


As a prominent Canadian artist her work is discussed in many books about Canadian art history. There are also numerous magazine and newspaper articles.  She is listed in The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar, published by Westbridge Publications Ltd. (4 volumes) and Falk's Who Was Who in American Art (3 volumes). 

Her work is
also discussed and illustrated in:
Art Gallery of Ontario – the Canadian Collection
(1970), by Helen Pepall Bradfield, published by McGraw-Hill Co. of Canada Ltd. (603 pgs, B&W)

By A Lady - Celebrating Three Centuries of Art by Canadian Women (1992) by Maria Tippett, published by Penguin Books Canada Ltd. (226 pages, colour and B&W

Canadian Landscape Painters (1932), by A.H.Robson, published by Ryerson, Toronto (227 pgs, colour)

The Fine Arts in Canada (1925), by Newton MacTavish M.A., published by Macmillan and Company (181 pgs, B&W)

Passionate Spirits: A History of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1880-1980 (1980), by Rebecca Sisler, published by Clarke, Irwin (Toronto) (296 pgs,colour and B&W)
Some books illustrated by Dorothy Stevens:
Grant, George Munro; illustrated by Dorothy Stevens. Toronto: Radisson Society of Canada, Ocean To Ocean: Sandford Fleming's Expedition Through Canada in 1872 1925  (book).

Hale, Katherine; cover design by Dorothy Stevens. Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart, The White Comrade and Other Poems 1916 (book).

Hale, Katherine; illustrated by Dorothy Stevens. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, Canadian Cities of Romance 1933 (book).

Hale, Katherine; illustrated by Dorothy Stevens. Toronto: Macmillan, Canadian Houses of Romance 1926 (book).

Hale, Katherine; illustrated by Dorothy Stevens. Toronto: Ryerson Press, Historic Houses of Canada 1952 (book).


Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915

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