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"Apparently, it's all down to who can make the best cappuccino."

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    06/06/2005 (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 6 June 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The competition between London and Paris to host the 2012 Olympic Games borders on the absurd. Old rivalries begin to surface, and many British commentators recall the battle of Waterloo, which further aggravates the French. Chirac makes a derisive remark about English food… the knives are out.'

'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 two women, one smoking a cigarette and the other reading a newspaper. Both women have blond hair and are wearing black tights and high-heeled shoes. One woman wears a black and white striped top and mini skirt with buckle belt and has sunglasses pushed back over her hair; she carries a shopping bag and handbag with star motif. The other woman wears a white top and sunglasses and the rest of her is hidden behind the newspaper. There is a hint of a tall city building behind them.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
06/06/2005 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Monday 6th of June
Written in pen top

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image, vertically

"Apparently, it's all / down to who can make / the best cappuccino."
Written in pen on strip of paper stuck across bottom; title to piece

[within circle] 3 / 2005
Written in black biro very top right on the film protective covering

Written as newspaper headline with in image

June '05 / London + Paris vie / for the Olympics / 2012
Written in pencil on reverse


Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Apparently, it's all down to who can make the best cappuccino.", by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 6 June 2005; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Handbag; Shopping bag; Newspaper; Women; Mini skirt; Sunglasses; Belt


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Olympics

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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