Mac cartoon.London, Mail Newspapers Ltd, 1987 Stock Code: 123838
NotesFrom Margaret Thatcher's personal estate. On Mother's Day, 29 March 1987, Margaret Thatcher started on a five day state visit to the USSR hosted by Mikhail Gorbachev, the first official visit by a British Prime Minister for 12 years. Stanley McMurty, a well known British cartoonist under the pen name Mac, utilised the situation to produce the present cartoon, published in the Daily Mail on the 30 March, portraying the flower delivery company Interflora attempting to deliver flowers to Thatcher on behalf of her children and running foul of Soviet border guards. The border guard's reaction, which was the printed caption in the newspaper, is written in pencil underneath by McMurty, and reads "Speak up, dog! What's the meaning of this coded message... Happy Mother's Day from Mark and Carol?". Interflora, amused by the cartoon, purchased it from McMurtey and gifted it to Margaret Thatcher on 23 April, 1987, with the presentation slip within the frame reading: "Presented to the Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher MP by the President and members of Interflora (British Unit) Ltd. 23 April 1987". Thatcher clearly appreciated the cartoon, keeping it among her personal possessions in Chester Square until her death in 2013.
Pen and ink and watercolour wash on drawing board.
In excellent condition, presented in an aluminium frame with presentation slip in bottom right corner, with UV acrylic glazing.
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