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"I want my life back. Which form do I fill in?"

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)
    21/10/2003 (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.385-2007

  • Gallery location:

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

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 21 October 2003, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'Tube delays are rife in London as commuters struggle to get to work on time. The infrastructure of the tube, as shown in a series of investigations by the Evening Standard, is crumbling, and the repairs are shambolic and inefficient. With every line that is closed there is a domino effect and tube travellers are faced with persistent delays.'

'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. The scene is the interior of an underground railway station ticket hall. A very harrassed and bedraggled looking male commuter stands at a ticket booth talking to a bemused looking clerk. In the background are many equally harrassed looking commuters, male and female, some holding their heads, others crying, others looking annoyed and harrassing ticket station staff.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2003 (made)
21/10/2003 (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

EVENING STANDARD 21 OCTOBER 2003
Top left, printed

"I want my life back. Which form do I fill in?"
Across bottom; title to piece, printed

MARF
Artist signature bottom right of image, reproduced

PLATFORM 3 [arrow down]
Sign, part of image

Assistance / and tickets
Sign, part of image

Service Info / DELAYS / DELAYS / OUT OF SERVICE / OUT OF SERVICE
Sign, part of image

Our Customer / Charter
Leaflet, part of image

refunds
Leaflet, part of image

map
Leaflet, part of image

32
Written in biro, top right

Terrible tube delays assail London. / ORIGINAL PRINT by / MARF / 2003
Written in pencil on reverse

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm, Width: 29.6 cm, Height: 13.7 cm image size, Width: 18 cm image size

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Reproduction of a cartoon, "I want my life back. Which form do I fill in?" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 21st October 2003; London.

Production Note

Attribution note: reproduction by artist of original drawing

Materials

Pen and ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Underground railway stations; Crowd; Identification signs; Leaflets; Uniforms; Handbags; Direction signs; Information signs; Briefcases; Suits

Categories

Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Copy

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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