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"Would this be a good moment to ask for a pay rise, sir?"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    30/06/2005 (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 30 June 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The annual accounts of the Duchy of Cornwall reveal Prince Charles leading a life of abject luxury and privilege. It is commonly known that one of his servant's daily task is to squeeze the prince's toothpaste.'

'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 Prince Charles in his pyjamas, which have the Prince of Wales feathers monogram, standing in the bathroom, holding a newspaper with a headline about Prince Charles' accounts. A butler wearing black coat, tie and striped trousers, helps him put toothpaste onto his toothbrush and holds a towel over his arm. Behind them is another towel in a circular towel-holder. The towels have a monogram of two c's back to back and the image also features a glass with Prince of Wales feathers monogram. The caption is written on a strip of paper stuck onto the paper.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
30/06/2005 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Thursday 30th June '05
Written in pen top centre, the '05 written in pencil

Written as newspaper headline, part of image

"Would this be a good / moment to ask / for a pay rise, sir?"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image, vertically

[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, "Would this be a good moment to ask for a pay rise, sir?", by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 13 February 2003; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Pyjamas; Toothpaste; Prince of Wales feathers; Newspaper; Butler; Towels; Suits; Glass


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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