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"We should be safe down here for four more years!"

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    21/01/2005 (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.367-2007

  • Gallery location:

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

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 21 January 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'Having won the US election against Democratic candidate Bob Kerry in November, President George W. Bush is sworn in for a second term, a depressing thought for a great many Britons and Americans.'

'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 interior of a cellar or basement. A harrassed looking woman, wearing spotted blouse and black skirt, is coming down the stairs holding a newspaper with the headline 'Bush second term'. A man, wearing shirt, pullover and pin-striped trousers, is already in the basement holding a mug of tea and looking quite cheerful surrounded by boxes of biscuits, tins of tuna and bottles of drink.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2005 (made)
21/01/2005 (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

FRIDAY 21st JANUARY * OPTION A
Written in pen top centre

"We should be safe / down here for / four more years!"
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

14 [in circle]
Written in black biro on transparent protective sheet, bottom right

BUSH / SECOND / TERM
Newspaper headline, part of image

Biscuits
Part of image, label written on storage box, bottom centre

[arrow pointing up] / tuna
Part of image, label written on storage box, bottom left

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "We should be safe down here for four more years!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 21 January 2005; London.

Production Note

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

Materials

Pen and ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Woman; Man; Bottles; Staircase; Trousers; Newspaper; Boxes; Blouse; Biscuits; Pullover; Shirt; Tea bags; Mug; Cellar; Piping; Skirt

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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