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"You wouldn't BELIEVE the office politics around here!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    10/05/2005 (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 May 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'Grumbles about Tony Blair's leadership produce a wave of dissent from within the Labour government, as disenchanted "rebel" MPs call for Blair to step aside.'

'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 the inside of the office at No. 10 Downing Street. The office 'temp', acting for the PA is sitting behind the desk filing her nails and talking on the telephone, exclaiming about the 'office politics'. Her handbag and a takeaway capuccino sit on the desk on top of some papers. On her computer are some post-it notes with words showing increasing levels of urgency. Within a doorway leading to the Prime Minister's office stand three men whispering to each other. One holds a newspaper with the headline '"Blair must go "'.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
10/05/2005 (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

"You wouldn't BELIEVE the / office politics around here!"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

Artist signature written in pen bottom left of image, vertically

PM's / OFFICE / [arrow pointing left]
Written on sign towards top left, part of image

Headline on newspaper, part of image

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

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

No. 10
On sign on wall towards right, part of image

On PA's name badge, part of image

On sign on desk, part of image

on post-it note stuck to computer monitor, part of image

on post-it note stuck to computer monitor, part of image

on post-it note stuck to computer monitor, part of image

7 [in circle] / 2005
Written in black biro on transparent protective sheet, top right


Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "You wouldn't BELIEVE the office politics around here!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 10 May 2005; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Badges; Trousers; Pen; Woman; Nail file; Handbag; Computer; Shirts; Men; Papers; Telephone; Notebook; Desk; Signs; Signs; Newspaper; Capuccino; Ties


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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