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Drawing - "I assure you - the train will be here by 2012!"
  • "I assure you - the train will be here by 2012!"
    Richler, Martha Marf
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"I assure you - the train will be here by 2012!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    17/02/2005 (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

The cartoon, of which this is a copy, appeared in the Evening Standard on 17 February 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is visiting each candidate city in turn to assess its potential as host of the 2012 games. Londoners are apprehensive as the IOC delegates inspect the decrepit tube.'

'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 in unform training the International Olympic Committee London Underground welcome party, also in uniform. They stand on the edge of the Underground platform as the trainer shows them how to say the line 'I assure you - the train will be here by 2012!'. Behind the group is a London Bid 2012 poster.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
17/02/2005 (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 assure you - the train / will be here by 2012!"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

Artist signature written in pen bottom right of image, vertically

Written on flag, part of image

Poster, part of image

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

[scan: / 40 X 57 mm]
Written in pen to right of caption

Written in pencil top right corner

Written on platform edge, upside down, part of image


Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "I assure you - the train will be here by 2012!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 17 February 2005; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Men; Railway station; Flag; Logos; Uniforms; Stairs; Woman; Poster


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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