Mary Shepard

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Mary Eleanor Jessie Knox née Shepard (25 December 1909 – 4 September 2000)[1] was an English illustrator of children's books. She is best known for the Mary Poppins stories written by P. L. Travers (1934 to 1988): "Mary Shepard: Putting Mary Poppins in the picture", The Times of London titled an obituary article,.[2] She used her married name Mary Knox outside the publishing industry.[1]

Life and career[edit]

She was the daughter of E. H. Shepard, a famous illustrator of children's literature including Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne in the 1920s and a 1931 edition of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

Shepard graduated from the Slade School of Art.[1] She was 23 when her father was too busy to illustrate Mary Poppins and Travers discovered her work on a Christmas card.

She married E. V. Knox, father of Penelope Fitzgerald. [1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mary Shepard Dies at 90; 'Mary Poppins' Illustrator". The New York Times. 2 October 2000. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Mary Shepard: Putting Mary Poppins in the picture". The Times. London. 20 October 2000. Retrieved 2009-10-26. [dead link]
      For subscribers only, search The Times for Mary Shepard.
  3. ^ "Mary Shepard; Illustrated Mary Poppins Books". Los Angeles Times. 3 October 2000. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 

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