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"Why didn't we think of this before?"

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    21/02/2005 (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:

    E.366-2007

  • Gallery location:

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

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 21 February 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The Queen states that the wedding between Charles and Camilla must be "low-key" – and as officials debate how and where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles are to marry, the wedding plans are turning into a fiasco.'

'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 Prince Charles and Camillia, Duchess of Cornwall in a car in Las Vegas. They are passing a wedding chapel advertising licenses 'while-u-wait'. Behind them is a wall of neon signs advertising a casino, motel and the drive-in chapel.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2005 (made)
21/02/2005 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

MONDAY 21st of FEBRUARY
Written in pen top centre

"Why didn't we / think of this before?"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

MARF
Artist signature bottom left of image, vertically

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

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

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

WELCOME / TO Fabulous / LAS VEGAS
Written across top of image, part of image

MOTEL
Part of image, sign towards top left

CASINO
Part of image, sign written vertically

WEDDING / CHAPEL / OPEN 24 HRS / LICENSE / WHILE-U-WAIT
Part of image, sign towards right centre

CHAPEL / DRIVE-UP / WINDOW / [arrow pointing right]
Part of image, sign towards centre

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Why didn't we think of this before?" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 21 February 2005; London.

Production Note

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

Materials

Pen and ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Dice; Bow-tie; Palm tree; Necklace; Dinner jacket; Signs; Finger ring; Car (road vehicle); Neon lamps; Earrings; Shirts

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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