(b Port Adelaide, April 29, 1875; d Mosman, Sydney, May 28, 1963).
Australian painter and printmaker. The family moved to Sydney in 1885 and in 1888 Margaret Macpherson began taking classes with the Australian painter William Lister-Lister (1859–1943). She moved to Melbourne in 1892 and the following year enrolled at the School of Design of the National Gallery, where she studied under Frederick McCubbin. She lived in Adelaide from 1894 to 1896 and on her return to Melbourne attended the National Gallery Painting School. In 1898 she studied at the Adelaide School of Design under the Australian artist Harry Pelling Gill (1855–1916). Her work of this period, mainly still-lifes such as Onions—Still Life (1895; Adelaide, A.G. S. Australia) and The Aeroplane (c. 1925; Canberra, N.G.), showed the influence of her academic training. She sailed in 1904 to Genoa, from where she travelled all over Europe, exhibiting at the Salon in Paris in 1905 before returning to Adelaide in ...