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"Do I get the feeling there are three of us in this marriage?"

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    07/03/2005 (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:

    E.365-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case I, shelf 139, box II

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 7 March 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'As the debate continues as to where Prince Charles and Camilla, both divorced, will be allowed to marry ... [t]he Queen makes her disapproval clear when she announces that she will not be attending the wedding. The late Princess Diana, in her Panorama interview in November 1995, famously said, "There are three of us in this marriage", making a thinly veiled reference to her husband's lover, Camilla.'

'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 commemorative 1st class postage stamp issued for the wedding of Prince Charles and Camillia, Duchess of Cornwall. The happy couple are portrayed as a half length portrait. Camilla wears a three string necklace with large gem stone clasp and shows off her large wedding ring. Prince Charles is wearing a dinner jacket and bow-tie. The couple smile adoringly at one another but above them are some droplets of perspiration. In the top corner the bust portrait of the Queen next to the '1st', looks extremely annoyed.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2005 (made)
07/03/2005 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

MONDAY 7th OF MARCH
Written in pen top centre

"Do I get the feeling / there are three of us / in this marriage?"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

MARF
Artist signature bottom right of image, vertically

[Please follow / my line-breaks / for 3-line / caption - / thanks!]
Written in pen to left of caption

[scan: / 40 X 54 / mm]
Written in pen to right of caption

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

CHARLES & CAMILLA / WEDDING STAMP
Written above 'stamp' image, part of image

IIST
Written on ''stamp' as '1st', top right next to image of Queen, part of image

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Do I get the feeling there are three of us in this marriage?" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 07 March 2005; London.

Production Note

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

Materials

Pen and ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Pearls; Handkerchief; Crown; Bow-tie; Necklace; Finger ring; Spectacles; Dinner jacket; Earrings; Shirts

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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