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Victoria Ace Detective & the Sisters of the Crypt

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)
    London (published)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)
    2004 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richler, Martha Marf (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 59

This strip cartoon was specially commissioned by V&A Magazine for its Winter 04/05 edition. It accompanied 'Kapow! It's Fine Art', an article written by Tom Morton, on the subject of the V&A's collection of comics. In the cartoon, Marf makes reference to the time she spent researching the comics collection at the V&A, and one of her characters, Carlo, is a member of V&A staff. The strip appeared as three pages, of which this is one and the V&A holds the artwork for the other two (E.272:1-3-2005) and proofs of all three (E.273:1-3-2005).

Marf is known for her cartoons for the Evening Standard, beginning in 2002 and moving to the 'Londoner's Diary' page in August 2003 and is also the arist behind the strip cartoon entitled 'Lucky'. She also worked for Canada's National Paper, The Globe and Mail in 2000. Her cartoon images appear on T-shirts, bags and scarves for Topshop.

Physical description

Pen and ink cartoon strip drawing. The drawing features a combination of thick, angular line and black block shading, with some fine line and hatching. This is the second page of three, continuing the story of V's investigation into the kidnapping of a number of women. This page is devided into 9 compartments in three rows; the middle compartment is a circle. The third compartment in the top row introduces V's friend Carlo, 'Curator of Comics at the world-renowned V&A'.

A protective flap of tracing paper has been fixed with masking tape over the top.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)
London (published)


2004 (made)
2004 (published)


Richler, Martha Marf (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on card

Marks and inscriptions

© MARF 2004
(2 of 3)
Written by artist in pencil, top left.

Sheet number in pen and ink, bottom right.


Height: 42 cm sheet, Width: 29.6 cm sheet, Height: 30.5 cm drawn area, Width: 24.4 cm drawn area

Object history note

Purchased from the artist in 2005.

Descriptive line

Pen and ink comic strip, 'Victoria Ace Detective & the Sisters of the Crypt', by Marf, London, 2004.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Morton, Tom 'Kapow! It's fine art', in V&A Magazine, Winter 04/05.

Production Note

Attribution note: for publication in V&A Magazine
Reason For Production: Commission


Pen and ink; Card



Subjects depicted

Detective fiction; Woman; Architecture; Man; Policeman; Make up (theatrical); Mobile telephone; Cafe


Images Online; Caricatures & Cartoons; Drawings

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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