Daughter of Thomas Francis Dicksee and brother of Sir Frank Dicksee PRA. She attended the RA Schools where she won a £40 award for her painting Deepening Shadows, a subject from The Old Curiosity Shop, and also achieved a silver medal. She painted dramatic historical scenes and more domestic interior scenes. An example with a good late Pre-Raphaelite theme is In Memoriam (1890), where a mother shows her baby the portrait of the deceased father - the baby is excited, the mother wistful. The picture has something of the mood of Byam Shaw's Boer War 1900.
In 1895 her Royal Academy picture The Children of King Charles I was singled out for special mention in the Royal Academy Illustrated supplement to the Magazine of Art. Another well-received picture was Oliver Goldsmith Reading She Stoops to Conquer (The First Audience) (1895).
In general, Dicksee's oil paintings are rather illustrative - they were sometimes reproduced as illustrations - and tend somewhat to the sentimental. An example of an overly-sweet painting is Handel Discovered Playing in the Garret (1893). She drew ink illustrations for various magazines, including the Quiver, and decorations for poems by Woolner.
Illustration by Margaret Dicksee, 1890