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"Come on! Only fifty years to go! You can do it!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)
    19/04/2004 (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

This is a reproduction of an original drawn cartoon that appeared in the Evening Standard on 19 April 2004. It is artist Marf's take on the current news story. As she describes it: 'Sunday’s annual London Marathon is a triumph – but on Monday morning, images of the gruelling event resonate in commuters’ minds. In a year of job insecurity, and government calls for retirement to be delayed until 70 years of age as pension funds collapse, the future looks like one long slog.'

'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

Print reproduction of a black and white line drawn cartoon showing a marathon in progress, except that the frantic runners are all wearing suits and carrying briefcases. They have just passed under a 'London Underground' sign. Alongside the road, which is decorated with a 'Flora Rat Race' banner, are enthusiastic supporters, a retired couple and a young mum and daughter. Each runner wears a bib with competitor number. In the background is familiar London architecture, old and new, including the office block nicknamed the 'Gherkin'.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2004 (made)
19/04/2004 (printed and published)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Monday 19th April '04
Top left, reproduced writing (the '04 orginally in pencil). Partially cut off above in the printing process.

"Come on! Only fifty years to go! You can do it!"
Across bottom; title to piece, reproduced writing

Artist signature bottom left of image, reproduced.
Also in pencil bottom right of image

Sign, part of image

RAT RACE / [a number]
On several bibs worn by the competitors, part of image.

Banner along roadside, part of image

note [underlined]: / [inscribed with name of owner of original]
Written in pencil on reverse, left, 'MARF' is artist signature

ORIGINAL PRINT BY / MARF / [copyright symbol] 2003
Written in pencil on reverse, right, 'MARF' is artist signature

Cartoon co-incided with / the London Marathon / (Sunday) and the / dreaded Monday morning / commute, which was / particular [sic] chaotic that / morning what with tube / delays ...
Written in pencil on reverse, below left, 'MARF' is artist signature


Height: 29.6 cm, Width: 42 cm

Object history note

Donated by the artist.

Descriptive line

Reproduction of a cartoon, "Come on! Only fifty years to go! You can do it!" by 'Marf' (Martha Richler), published in The Evening Standard, 19th April 2004; London.

Production Note

Attribution note: reproduction taken by artist of original drawing


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Buildings; Polystyrene cup; Lamp-posts; Bottle; Women; Coats; Headscarf; Trees; Watches; Suits; Railings; Men; Earrings; Briefcases; Identification sign; Girl; Mobile telephones


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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