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"I've got them a wok set!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    10/02/2005 (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 F, case I, shelf 139, box II

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 10 February 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The engagement of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles is officially announced at midday. Meanwhile, riots have broken out overnight at the midnight opening of a "fire-sale" at the cheap-and-cheerful home store, Ikea.'

'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 a woman in a domestic setting. The woman is wearing a sleeveless cardigan over a spotted blouse and a string of imitation pearls. She has matching earrings and finger ring and a set hair style. The man is wearing a suit, with striped toe and pin-striped trousers and looks harrassed. He is carrying an IKEA shopping bag. The woman is reading the newspaper whilst sitting at the dining table with a cup of tea and biscuit in front of her. On the table is an ornamental flower in a round patterned container.

Some lines have been blocked out with liquid paper, and faint underdrawing can be seen. The caption has been glued on.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
10/02/2005 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Written in pen top centre

"I've got them / a wok set!"
Written in pen on a separate piece of paper, glued across bottom; title to piece.

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image, vertically

Evening Standard / CHARLES / + CAMILLA / TO MARRY
Newspaper headline, part of image

On shopping bag, part of image

[Please follow / my line-breaks / for 2-line / caption!]
Written in pen to left of caption

[2-line / = / 40 X 57 / mm]
Written in pen to right of caption

Written in pencil top right corner

NEW [underlined]
Written top left of transparent protective sheet, in orange fluorescent pen


Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "I've got them a wok set!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 10 February 2005; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Curtain; Interior; Earring; Flower (ornament); Ring; Blouse; Newspaper; Dining table; Biscuit; Pearls; Man; Saucer; Shopping bag; Teacup; Cardigan; Suit; Woman


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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