Williamson lived the first 16 years of her life in West Chester, Pennsylvania, although she was born in Camden, New Jersey on September 15, 1880. Her parents were the noted regional architect T. Roney Williamson and Ada Olympia Clendenin. Her father's encouragement of her artistic pursuits persisted after his untimely death in 1896, after which she and mother and brother moved to Philadelphia.
In Philadelphia Williamson attended the School of Illustration at Drexel University. She also took courses in the School of Drawing, Painting and Modeling. She completed her training at Drexel in 1900 and began illustration and teaching assignments. In 1902 Williamson enrolled in the Pennsylvania Acade
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