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"Aren't you Number 86? You must meet Number 3."

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)
    13/01/2004 (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:


  • Gallery location:

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

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This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 13 January 2004, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'The Sunday Times has just published its annual “Rich List”, revealing the hierarchy of London’s super-rich.'

'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 an interior party scene. A woman in black cocktail dress introduces one man to another. Both men are smartly dressed and have cigars. One man's cigar is clearly larger than the other's. A small crowd of people stand in the background. Two angelic statues of cupids playing with birds and floral decorations can also be seen in the background. A man pours champagne at a serving table.

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

Place of Origin

London (made)


2004 (made)
13/01/2004 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Tuesday 13th January
Written in pen top left

"Aren't you Number 86? You must meet Number 3."
Written in pen across bottom; title to piece

Artist signature bottom right of image

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

Evening [Stan]dard / LONDON'S / 100 / RICHEST
Newspaper headline, part of image

Written in pencil, bottom right

On champagne bucket, part of image


Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 42 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Cartoon, "Aren't you Number 86? You must meet Number 3." by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 13th January 2004; London.

Production Note

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


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Curtains; Champagne bottle; Floral; Necklace; Champagne bucket; Armbands; Cocktail dress; Table; Men; Champagne; Bracelets; Chandelier; Suits; Newspaper; Stiletto; Cigars; Women; Statues; Ice


Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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