"Give me a break, Mum - we've got till 2012!"

Drawing
2005 (made), 07/07/2005 (printed and published)
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This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 7 July 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The morning papers are full of scenes of jubilation in Trafalgar Square from the day before, as London wins the Olympic bid. The winning presentation to the Olympic committee gives a sunny impression of a harmonious, multicultural city, with children radiating athletic potential for 2012 (despite reports of childhood obesity in Britain all year).'

This cartoon, and upbeat reports about the Olympic bid victory, had to be removed from later editions of the Evening Standard as the news came in that suicide bombers have attacked tubes and trains in central London.

'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.'


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink on paper
Brief Description
Cartoon, "Give me a break, Mum - we've got till 2012!", by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 13 February 2003; London.
Physical Description
Black and white line drawn cartoon showing a woman and her son in their living room. Wearing sports shorts, a London Olympic bid T-shirt, trainers, a towel headband and with a towel round her shoulders, the woman is jogging frantically on the spot whilst holding weights in each hand. Her overweight son meanwhile sits on the sofa with his feet up on a footstool. Although wearing tracksuit bottoms, a cap (back-to-front) and an Olympic bid T-shirt he eats a super-sized bag of crisps and watches television. A cat is sleeping next to him. A television guide and remote lie on the footstool and a can of soft drink stands on the arm of the sofa.



Some faint underdrawing can be seen.
Dimensions
  • Height: 29.6cm
  • Width: 21cm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Thursday July 7th (Written in pen top centre)
  • "Give me a break, Mum / - we've got till 2012!" (Written in pen across bottom; title to piece)
  • MARF (Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image, vertically)
  • [2-line / caption] (Written in pen to left of title)
  • [scan : / 2-line / = 40 X 54 mm] (Written in pen to right of title)
Credit line
Given by the artist
Object history
Donated by the artist.
Production
Attribution note: for publication in newspaper

Reason For Production: Commission
Subjects depicted
Summary
This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 7 July 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The morning papers are full of scenes of jubilation in Trafalgar Square from the day before, as London wins the Olympic bid. The winning presentation to the Olympic committee gives a sunny impression of a harmonious, multicultural city, with children radiating athletic potential for 2012 (despite reports of childhood obesity in Britain all year).'



This cartoon, and upbeat reports about the Olympic bid victory, had to be removed from later editions of the Evening Standard as the news came in that suicide bombers have attacked tubes and trains in central London.



'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.'
Collection
Accession Number
E.353-2007

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