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"Since when were you so interested in what I do all day?"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    05/01/2005 (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:


  • Gallery location:

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

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 5 January 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The American hit television show Desperate Housewives - the biggest thing of its kind since Sex in the City - debuts on British television, starring a host of gorgeous, sexy and bored suburban women up to no good.'

'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 living room in which a man is watching 'Desperate Housewives' on television, which shows a sexy looking blond woman in a sleeveless black dress. He is sitting in an armchair holding a mug of tea. He is wearing striped trousers, a shirt and pullover and slippers. His wife is standing leaning on an upright vacuum cleaner. She is wearing a floral blouse, black skirt, pinny and lace-up shoes and has a feather duster tucked into her pinny. On the floor at her feet are two bottles of cleaning fluid and a duster.

Some faint underdrawing can be seen.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2005 (made)
05/01/2005 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Wednesday January 5th
Written in pen top centre

"Since when were you / so interested in / what I do all day?"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

Artist signature bottom right of image, vertically

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

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

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

On TV screen, part of image

On TV screen, part of image


Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Since when were you so interested in what I do all day?" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 5th January 2005; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Television; Man; Window; Duster; Slippers; Trousers; Curtains; Blouse; Vase; Women; Armchair; Pinafore; Shirt; Flower; Tea bags; Feather duster; Mug; Vacuum cleaner; Pullover; Shoes; Skirt


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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