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"Stewardess! I think I might be on the wrong flight!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)
    17/03/2003 (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 17 March 2003, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'War correspondents are "embedded" with Allied troops, ready to invade Iraq from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and from aircraft carriers positioned in the Gulf.'

'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 and soldiers inside the cabin of an army aeroplane. The woman wears sunglasses pushed back into her blond hair and a black and white striped top and has a heart-shaped bracelet. She is attracting the attention of a woman soldier. A group of male soldiers with hemets and guns are seated in front of them and helmets can also be behind them.

A label on the reverse gives instructions (e.g. dimensions, date) for the newspaper printing. Some lines have been blocked out with liquid paper, and faint underdrawing can be seen.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2003 (made)
17/03/2003 (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] Monday 17th March
Written in pen top centre

Written in biro top right

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image

"Stewardess! I think I might be / on the wrong flight!"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece


Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Stewardess! I think I might be on the wrong flight!", by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 17 March 2003; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Sunglasses; Bracelet; Soldiers; Woman


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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