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Print - "Okay then, <i>you</i> try holding the nuclear briefcase steady!"
  • "Okay then, you try holding the nuclear briefcase steady!"
    Richler, Martha Marf
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"Okay then, you try holding the nuclear briefcase steady!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)
    18/11/2003 (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:


  • 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 18 November 2003, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'One of the most memorable images of Bush’s state visit to London is his extraordinary motorcade, which would put any South American dictator to shame. Many Londoners turn out to catch a glimpse of it, but excitement soon turns to commuter fury as roads are closed without warning “for security reasons”. The motorcade, flanked by bodyguards running alongside the armoured cars, is the talk of the town, and appears in all the papers, with extensive graphics and photographs.'

'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 shows a procession of cars and walking security men in suits, some wearing sunglasses. Inside the first car a woman in peaked hat hands a birefcase over to the male driver. There is a road sign warning of speed bumps.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2003 (made)
18/11/2003 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Top left, printed

"Okay then, you try holding the nuclear briefcase steady!"
Across bottom; title to piece, printed

Artist signature bottom right of image, reproduced

Road sign, part of image

Three times, part of image

[Eveni]ng Standard / BUSH / ARRIVES / TONIGHT
News headline, part of image

Book title, part of image

Written in biro top right

Car number plate, part of image

Label on briefcase, part of image


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, "Okay then, you try holding the nuclear briefcase steady!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 18th November 2003; London.

Production Note

Attribution note: reproduction by artist of original drawing


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Woman; Cars; Sunglasses; Men; Cap; Book; Suits; Road; Radio earpieces; Information signs; Briefcase; Railings


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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