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Drawing - "And this tea-towel has a more contemporary feel."
  • "And this tea-towel has a more contemporary feel."
    Richler, Martha Marf
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"And this tea-towel has a more contemporary feel."

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    01/04/2005 (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 1 April 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'A photo-opportunity on the ski-slopes turns sour. Prince Charles makes the infamous remark, snapped at one royal hack: "You bloody people!" – which is plastered all over the front pages.'

'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 exterior of a gift shop. The shop assistant, well dressed in checked skirt, jacket and blouse and wearing pearls and a large earring, holds up a tea-towel showing a smiling Prince Charles and a speech bubble saying: 'You bloody people!'. A woman in coat, hat (decorated with a flower), gloves, boots and carrying a black handbag over her arm, holds her hand towards her throat in horror. She is also holding one of the commemorative mugs with the letters 'CC' interlaced, a stack of which stands on the table behind her.

Some lines have been blocked out with liquid paper, and faint underdrawing can be seen. In places a new portion of drawing has been stuck over to replace a previous one.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
01/04/2005 (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

"And this tea-towel has / a more contemporary feel."
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

Artist signature bottom right of image, vertically

[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

11 [in circle]
Written in black biro on transparent protective sheet, top right

Shop sign, part of image

Royal wedding / souvenirs / now in
Written on shop window, part of image

On hanging shop sign, part of image

Speech bubble on tea-towel, part of image

CC [back to back]
On cups stacked on table to right, part of image


Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "And this tea-towel has a more contemporary feel." by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 01 April 2005; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Handbag; Belt; Flower; Shoes; Skirt; Shop; Mugs; Crown; Earring; Gloves; Labels; Tea-towel; Signs; Pearls; Coat; Hat; Jacket; Boots


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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