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Drawing - At the V&A

At the V&A

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2008 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richler, Martha Marf (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.472-2008

  • Gallery location:

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

From 2002 until 2005 the cartoonist Martha Richler (Marf) drew daily topical cartoons for the Evening Standard, moving to the 'Londoner's Diary' page in August 2003. Her drawings covered key political and social issues of the period, providing a vivid and humorous response to the main news of the day. Marf made this drawing in April 2008 on the back of a letter to the Director of the V&A. It was made on the spot in the museum, and in the letter she explains: 'Every few minutes, a different person sat in the same seat, near the main information desk. What a wonderful figure-drawing class it was!'

Physical description

Pen and ink drawing of a seated woman looking away from the viewer, holding in her hand a sheet of paper with 'V&A' in red at the top.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2008 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Richler, Martha Marf (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

'MARF / (at the V&A, 2008)'
Signed and inscribed bottom right

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm, Width: 14.8 cm

Object history note

Martha Richler (Marf) made this drawing on the back of a letter which she sent to Mark Jones, Director of the V&A, on 6th April 2008. In the letter she writes: 'This is a sketch I made in January [2008] at the V&A… Such an extraordinary assortment of visitors - a real feast for the eye (particularly for the cartoonist's eye!). Every few minutes, a different person sat in the same seat, near the main information desk. What a wonderful figure-drawing class it was!'

Descriptive line

Pen and ink drawing by Marf (Martha Richler) showing a seated visitor to the V&A, 2008

Materials

Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Museum visitors; Visitors

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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