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"Can you help me? The girl at BA was just really mean to me!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)
    13/02/2003 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richler, Martha Marf (artist)
    The Evening Standard (commissioned and published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 139, box II

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 13 February 2003, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'British army tanks surround Heathrow Airport in response to a terrorist plot to launch a rocket attack on an airliner. However, it is quickly learned that the tanks were not armed, and the popular suspicion is that the Government is seeking to exacerbate the level of anxiety in the lead-up to its planned invasion of Iraq.'

'Marf' drew daily topical cartoons for the Evening Standard between March 2002 and August 2005, moving to the Londoner's Diary page in August 2003. The drawings cover key political and social issues of the period, providing a vivid and often hilarious response to the main news of the day. The Evening Standard is London's only evening newspaper, publishing up to five editions a day. In Marf's own words: 'The cartoonist needs to keep up with the rapid pace of event.'

Physical description

Black and white line drawn cartoon showing a woman with blond hair, dressed in black and wearing a heart-shaped earring. She has a baggage trolley holding a suitcase and a handbag and is talking to a soldier in an army tank. A sign in the top right background reads 'Welcome to Terminal 3'.

A label on the reverse gives instructions (e.g. dimensions, date) for the newspaper printing. Some faint underdrawing can be seen.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2003 (made)
13/02/2003 (printed and published)


Richler, Martha Marf (artist)
The Evening Standard (commissioned and published)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

[arrow] Thursday 13 February / [crossed out] Wednesday 12 February
Written in pen top centre

Written in pencil top right

Written in pen top right of imag; sign, part of image

"Can you help me? The girl at BA / was just really mean to me!"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image


Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Can you help me? The girl at BA was just really mean to me!", by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 13 February 2003; London.

Production Note

Attribution note: for publication in newspaper
Reason For Production: Commission


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Suitcase; Soldier; Helmet; Uniforms; Handbag; Tank; Woman; Trolley (luggage)


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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