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"If you say 'Kiss me, Hardy' one more time, I'll scream!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    28/06/2005 (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 28 June 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar is celebrated at Portsmouth with a Review of the Fleet, and ends with a dramatic firework display, capturing the public imagination.'

'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 bed. The woman is trying to read a book, but looks rather weary, while the man wears an admiral's hat and is looking at the woman through a telescope. Around him on the bed are a book about the Battle of Trafalgar, a copy of the Evening Standard and a model ship. Behind them on the wall is a framed picture of a ship. Next to the woman is a bed-side table with mug of a hot drink and table-lamp.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
28/06/2005 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Tuesday June 28th
Written in pen top left

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image

"If you say 'Kiss me, / Hardy' one more time, / I'll scream!"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

2005 / [within circle] 1
Written in black biro very top right on the film protective covering

June '05 / An extraordinary re-enactment / of the Battle of Trafalgar / captures the public / imagination.
Written in pencil on the back

Evening Stan[dard] / REVIEW OF THE FLEET
Headline on newspaper on bed, part of image

The / Battle / of / Trafalgar
Title of book on bed, part of image

[Please follow my line-breaks for 3-line caption]
Written in pen to left of title

[scan / 3-line / = / 40 X 54 / mm]
Written in pen to right of title


Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "If you say 'Kiss me, Hardy' one more time, I'll scream!", 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

Table lamp; Books; Bed; Admiral's hat; Picture (furnishing); Telescope; Woman; Newspaper; Man; Nightdress; Mug; Pyjamas


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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