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"Blimey! You're still here?!"

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)
    17/05/2004 (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:

    E.370-2007

  • Gallery location:

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

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 17 May 2004, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'A tide of criticism over Iraq threatens to swamp Number 10 as Blair grasps at straws. His credibility is at an all-time low as polls reveal a profound mistrust in his judgement. It is commonly believed that Blair exaggerated the threat to Britain’s security in his zeal to convince the British public of his decision to join forced with America and attack Iraq. Calls for Blair to resign reach a crescendo as claims emerge in the US that British intelligence was “fixed” in order to support the war in Iraq.'

'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 the Prime Minister's office at Number 10, Downing Street. Tony Blair sits at his desk looking harrassed. A cleaner stands leaning on a mop in the doorway and exclaims in surprise that he is still at work. Behind her, in a bucket containing cleaning materials, lies an Evening Standard newspaper with the headline 'Blair Under Siege'.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2004 (made)
17/05/2004 (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 MAY 17th
Written in pen top left

"Blimey! You're still here?!"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

MARF
Artist signature bottom left of image

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

Evening Standard / BLAIR / UNDER / SIEGE
Newspaper headline, part of image

PRIME / MINISTER
Sign on office door, part of image

'04
Written in pencil, bottom right

[Inscribed with further details relating to print of this original]
Written in pencil on back, bottom right

Dimensions

Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 42 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Blimey! You're still here?!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 17th May 2004; London.

Production Note

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

Materials

Pen and ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Duster; Suit; Bucket; Shirt; Trainers; Window; Chair; Desk; Newspaper; Sign; Earring; Telephone; Frames; Rug; Curtain; Woman; Skirt; Cleaning product; Door; Mop; Bow

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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