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"Is no-one safe?"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)
    16/09/2004 (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 16 September 2004, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'Pro-hunt protestors storm the House of Commons in an extraordinary breach of security; the passion of the pro-hunt activists comes as a shock to a government which, while largely indifferent to countryside issues, is determined to ban fox hunting.'

'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 bar overlooking the Houses of Parliament. Standing at the bar are two foxes, elegantly dressed in expensive suits, one black and one pin-striped and holding cigarettes. One also holds a newspaper bearing the headline 'Pro-hunt protestors storm Commons'.

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)


2004 (made)
16/09/2004 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Thursday 16th September
Written in pen top centre

"Is no-one safe?"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

Artist signature bottom right of image, vertically

[scan: / 40 X 60 mm]
Written in pen to right of caption

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

Newspaper headline, part of image


Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Is no-one safe?" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 16th September 2004; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Window; Bar; Houses of Parliament; Suits; Glasses; Cigarettes; Bow-ties; Foxes; Handkerchiefs


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons; Hunting

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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