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"You see? Isn't being a royal fun?"

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)
    13/05/2005 (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:

    E.384-2007

  • Gallery location:

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

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 13 May 2005, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'Prince Charles and his new wide Camilla have delayed their honeymoon until now – and it is to be a cruise in the Aegean with no press photographers allowed. So we commoners are left to imagine how romantic it must be, two lovers united at last. The drawing echoes the famous scene of the two lovers at the prow of the doomed liner in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic.'

'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

This is a print of a black and white line drawn cartoon. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are on board the royal yacht. Prince Charles is holding Camilla over the front of the boat, in a similar pose to that seen on the film Titanic. Camilla has a fixed grin on her face.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2005 (made)
13/05/2005 (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

FRIDAY 13TH of MAY
Top left, reproduced writing

"You see? Isn't being a royal fun?"
Across bottom; title to piece, reproduced writing

MARF
Artist signature bottom right of image, vertically, reproduced

[2-line caption, scan / 40 x 57mm]
Bottom right, reproduced writing

[2-line / caption: / please follow / my line-breaks, thx ]
Bottom left, reproduced writing

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Reproduction of a cartoon, "You see? Isn't being a royal fun?" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 13th May 2005; London.

Production Note

Attribution note: reproduction taken by artist of original drawing

Materials

Pen and ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Skirt; Scarf; Blouse; Shoes; Prince of Wales feathers; Necklace; Suit; Yacht; Ring

Categories

Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Copy

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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