About this artwork

Fiona Macpherson was born in London with her family moving to Inverness when she was five. She studied English and Modern History at St Andrews University, before starting her career as a magazine editor in Dundee. In 1963 she moved to London to become a sub-editor on ‘Woman’s Own’, and in 1965 joined the staff of ‘Queen’. When the latter merged into ‘Harpers & Queen’, Macpherson became deputy editor. In 1975 she married Adrian Bailey, the artist of this portrait, and after the birth of her first child she devoted herself to family life. Only after being offered the position of editor of ‘Harpers & Queen’ in 1994 did she return to full-time work. She worked until weeks before her death from cancer in 2000.

  • title: Fiona Macpherson, 1940 - 2000. Magazine Editor
  • accession number: PG 3407
  • artist: Adrian BaileyEnglish (born 1928)
  • depicted: Fiona Macpherson
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Flowers The media
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1990 - 1999
  • measurements: 40.64 x 40.64 cm (framed: 55.60 x 55.60 x 3.20 cm)
  • credit line: Gift 2005
  • copyright: © ADRIAN BAILEY
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Adrian Bailey

Adrian Bailey

Adrian Bailey has had an eclectic career which spans several sectors of the creative arts. Born in St. Albans in 1928, he studied painting at three different art colleges - Kingston, Byam Shaw and St. Martins. He then went on to work as a copyrighter, photographer, and art editor. As an author Bailey has written over twenty books on a wide variety of subjects. He has continued to paint throughout his career.