also seen as Maeckleburghe

Margo was born in Penzance, and studied art at the Bath Academy of Art from 1949-52, and further at the Penzance School of Art. A major influence on her simplicity of approach to landscape and coastal painting was one of her Corsham tutors, William SCOTT, for whom she also worked as a studio assistant.

She taught in London and then Gibraltar for two years before returning to live in Cornwall, to settle and live with her Belgian-born husband Willy Maeckelberghe, a general practitioner much-loved in the area.

The painter was a long-time member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, having served in all respects on the the Council of Management and the Committees of the NSA. She exhibited widely and internationally. Her work is held in many public collections, including Exeter University and Cornwall Council.

She was Chairman of the Penwith Society of Artists.  Her paintings feature the sweeping, evocative landscapes of her native Cornwall, and views from the Isles of Scilly, of coastal rockscapes, seas and skies.


Landscape painter in oils and mixed media

works and access

Works incl: Hint of Swell (1964) at CC

Access to works: Exeter University; Hypatia Collection of Women's Art; Cornwall Council (CC)


University of Birmingham (Orion Gallery Touring) Artists of Cornwall Exhibition 1972

NAG Painters 1960, Newlyn in Pont Aven 1977, A Century of Art in Cornwall 1189-1989 (1989)

Regularly with the Penwith Society of Artists

2008:  Margo Maeckelberghe- Extended Landscape, Tate Gallery, St Ives (solo)

          Margo Maeckelberghe - Works on Paper, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (solo)

2011: Cornishman (11 Aug 2011): 'When two societies collide' by F Ruhrmund

2024: Truro School Art Collection, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (30 Jan-18 May)


Cornish Gorsedd (Bard)

NSA (Committee member)

Penwith Society of Artists (President)



Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery (From pp14-199 various photos, incl Likeness)

McLeod, Alister J (1973) Newlyn Society of Artists 1895-1973 (NAG 12 page brochure)

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & IOS, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership;

WCAA file, Trevelyan House, Penzance: exh catalogues