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"Oh come on, you're just being French!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    31/05/2005 (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 31 May 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The French nation votes against the EU referendum with a resounding "Non", interpreted as a sign of dissatisfaction with the Chirac government.'

'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 man and woman in a bar. The woman is sitting on a stool at the bar with a cocktail glass. She has long dark slick hair and is wearing a sleevless dress, bracelet on each wrist and high-heeled shoes with ankle fasteners in the shape of a flower. She is saying NON (a speech bubble) and carries her hand limply towards her neck. The man has blond spiky hair and wears a shirt, tie and trousers. He holds a cigarette and leans on the bar behind the woman. In the background a couple are eating dinner at a table in front of a large window.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
31/05/2005 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

31st of May 2005
Written in pencil top right

Written in red pencil top left

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image, vertically

"Oh come on, you're just / being French!"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

[within circle] 4
Written in black biro very top right on the film protective covering

May '05 / France votes 'NO' / to the EU - a resounding / slap in the face of the flailing Chirac government. / The Dutch follow suit.
Written in pencil on the back


Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Oh come on, you're just being French!", by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 31 May 2005; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Bracelet; Dress; Bar stool; Cocktail; Cigarette; Bar; Shoes; Woman; Man


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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