Mary Shepard: the artist who brought Mary Poppins to life

Baguley, Margaret ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0098-6378 and Kerby, Martin Charles ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4073-2559 (2020) Mary Shepard: the artist who brought Mary Poppins to life. The Conversation, 25 December 2020. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

The success of Disney’s 1964 movie Mary Poppins has often obscured the fact the popular series of books describing the experiences of the enigmatic nanny were in fact written by the Australian born author P.L. Travers.

Travers’ own sense of ownership of her creation in turn obscured the contribution made by the illustrator Mary Shepard. Despite a 54 year collaboration, Shepard is regularly ignored in discussions of the books: the 2013 movie Saving Mr Banks, which detailed the genesis of the film, did not even mention Shepard or the pivotal role she played in the books’ success.

'The Conversation' articles provides important insights into Mary Shepard's contribution to the Mary Poppins series of books.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 02:01
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 23:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: artistic collaboration, artistic interpretation, Mary Shepard, Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360602 Fine arts
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40418

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