Between 1904 and 1911 Toronto native Dorothy Stevens received
her art training in some of the most prestigious schools of London
and Paris. By the time of her return to Canada in 1911 she was
well travelled and demonstrated a high level of skill in printmaking.
In Toronto the artist continued to develop her reputation, garnering
excellent exhibition reviews and a Silver medal at the Panama-Pacific
International Exhibition in San Francisco for the 19 etchings
she displayed there. In addition to her etchings, Stevens also
acquired a reputation as a fine portrait artist and many of her
works can be found today in the collections of the National Gallery
of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 1919, Stevens solicited
a commission from the Canadian War Memorials Fund. This resulted
in a set of etchings documenting the home front activities of
the Toronto shipbuilding yards and the munitions workers at the
British Forgings plant. At the close of the war, she returned
again to Europe on a travelling scholarship to continue her art.
Stevens died in Toronto in 1966 at the age of 78.