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Print - "Mr Blair? We'd better have our 'big conversation' another time!"
  • "Mr Blair? We'd better have our 'big conversation' another time!"
    Richler, Martha Marf
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"Mr Blair? We'd better have our 'big conversation' another time!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)
    01/12/2003 (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

This cartoon appeared in the Evening Standard on 01 December 2003, and is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'From today, car drivers using mobile phones are to be fined. At the same time, Blair has announced at the weekend that he is to hold a nationwide “Big Conversation” with the British public, in response to widespread criticism for ignoring the million-strong Peace March protesting the war in Iraq.'

'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 (probably London) street with a car and motorbike. The driver of the car is talking on her mobile phone whilst driving. A dog sits on her lap. In the back another woman reads a newspaper bearing a headline about a ban on using mobile phones whilst driving. A policeman has just pulled up on his motorbike with a stern expression on his face. A bird (pigeon?) flutters away in panic. In the background is a typical city skyline of a mixture of old and new buildings.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2003 (made)
01/12/2003 (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

"Mr Blair? We'd better have our 'big conversation' another time!"
Across bottom; title to piece, printed

Artist signature bottom right of image, reproduced

Label on motorbike, part of image

Written in biro top right

Label on helmet, part of image

Evening Standard / DRIVERS / FACE / MOBILE / BAN / TODAY
Newspaper headline, part of image

Beside motorbike wheel, 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, "Mr Blair? We'd better have our 'big conversation' another time!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 1st December 2003; London.

Production Note

Attribution note: reproduction by artist of original drawing


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Mobile telephone; Women; Railings; Trees; Helmet; Policeman; Motorbike; Dog; Christmas; Bow; Uniform; Suit; Car; Lamp-post; Bird; Buildings; Sunglasses


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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