Person NameShepard; Mary Eleanor Jessie (1909-2000)
ForenamesMary Eleanor Jessie
Other Forms Of NameMary Knox
HistoryMary Eleanor Jessie Shepard was born the 25 December 1909 to Florence Eleanor and Ernest Howard Shepard. Mary graduated from the Slade School of Art and illustrated a series of seven Mary Poppins book by P L Travers between 1933 and 1988.

Her parents also referred to her by the nickname 'Puss'.

In 1937 she married E V Knox, a friend and colleague of her father's. For work she was known by her maiden name, and was only known as Mary Knox outside of the publishing world. E V Knox was the inspiration for Mary's illustrations of George Banks, the father of the children in Mary Poppins. E V Knox died in 1971.

She died in London on 4 September 2000 aged 90.
Source'Mary Shepard Dies at 90; 'Mary Poppins' Illustrator (New York Times October 2 2000)
ST/1/4Photograph: E H Shepard and Family1914
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