The following information was submitted in March of 2006 by her great-great niece Janie Morgan Johansen:
Born on January 15, 1867 in Tuskegee, Alabama to Thomas B. Dryer and Nannie Chambless Dryer, she studied at Huntington College, Montgomery, Alabama in 1900, and from 1904 to 1907 at the New York School of Art. There she studied with William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, Lawton Parker, Francis Luis Mora, Lucius Wolcott Hitchcock, Clifford Carlton, and Edward Penfield.
Della wrote letters during this period to her sister, Rena Dryer Williams, which had been kept in the family and I opened them and typed them up and photographed all known paintings and made a manuscript which is now in the permanent libraries of th
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