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"Not much has happened in the last thirty seconds. Can you comment on that at all?"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)
    31/03/2003 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richler, Martha Marf (artist)
    The Evening Standard (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 31 March 2003, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'Twenty-four hour news programmes are filled with defence experts reacting to the minutiae of news from Iraq. We are now 11 days into the short invasion campaign.'

'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 female news presenter and a man (the 'expert'), both sitting behind a news desk. Both are wearing black suit-jackets and the man who is facing the viewer is wearing glasses and a black tie and has white/grey hair. The woman has blond hair and holds several sheets of paper. Behind the man are lights and television cameras and the words 'ON AIR'.

Some lines have been blocked out with liquid paper, and faint underdrawing can be seen.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2003 (made)
31/03/2003 (published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Monday 31st March
Written in pen across top

Written in pencil top right

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image

"Not much has happened in the last / thirty seconds. Can you comment / on that at all?"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

[within bubble] 99-31-MARF
Written in pencil very top left of centre

Written in pen on camera equipment, part of image

Written in outline on the wall of the newsroom towards the top left, part of image


Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Not much has happened in the last thirty seconds. Can you comment on that at all?", by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 31 March 2003; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Camera; Lamps (television filming equipment); Necktie; Newscaster; Suits; Newsdesk; Man; Spectacles


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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