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Drawing - "I'd write a protest letter - if only I'd been issued with a pen!"
  • "I'd write a protest letter - if only I'd been issued with a pen!"
    Richler, Martha Marf
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"I'd write a protest letter - if only I'd been issued with a pen!"

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)
    20/01/2004 (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.376-2007

  • Gallery location:

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

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 20 January 2004, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'A scandal is growing over claims that UK Defence Secretary Geoffrey Hoon’s failed to equip British troops in Iraq properly. It suggests incompetence at the highest level of the Labour government. The media show emails sent by soldiers in Iraq, complaining of not having the boots they need for extreme desert conditions, while many still await their chemical suits.'

'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 two soldiers (one male and one female) talking. The man sits on a rock and smokes a cigarette. He is holding a newspaper with the headline 'Hoon Under Siege'. Behind the woman is a sign pointing towards Baghdad. Behind the man is a tent with a tattered Union Jack flying from a flag pole attached to it.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2004 (made)
20/01/2004 (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

TUESDAY JANUARY 20TH.
Written in pen top left

"I'd write a protest letter - if only I'd been issued with a pen!"
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

MARF
Artist signature bottom right of image

25 [in circle] 2004
Written in black biro on label stuck to transparent protective sheet, top right

BAGHDAD
Sign, part of image

'04
Written in pencil, bottom right

HOON / UNDER / SIEGE
Newspaper headline, part of image

Dimensions

Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 42 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "I'd write a protest letter - if only I'd been issued with a pen!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 20th January 2004; London.

Production Note

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

Materials

Pen and ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Flag; Rocks; Sun; Sign; Newspaper; Cigarette; Uniforms; Soldiers; Tent

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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