Blanch Dillaye was born in New York City in a well-to-do family. She studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in Paris. Her etchings and watercolors were well know during her lifetime. She also worked in oils , posters, and jewelry. Her etchings were recently featured in an exhibition at the New York Historical Society.
She became Director of Art Education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her writing earned her a place in The Congress of Women in the 1893 Columbian Exposition. She was also featured in the women painters exhibition in the same building.
Works by Dillaye can be viewed on various sites. Some are for sale so they may change. One good source is Ask Art (http://www.askart.com/).
Blanche Dillaye was one of the founders of The Plastic Club and was its first president. She was the originator of the club's name.