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The Shadow
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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The Shadow 1981

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
The Shadow’ was one of several popular, American fictional characters that Warhol drew inspiration from for a series of prints called ‘Myths’ in 1981. The figure (The Shadow) first appeared on the radio in the 1930s before his stories were developed into a comic-strip. This self-portrait drawing is based on a photograph of Warhol as this character and although he doesn’t wear The Shadow’s black cloak or broad-rimmed hat, the lighting used causes a strong shadow to be cast of his profile. Warhol then made a simple, stylised line drawing based on this image.


  • Acc. No. AR00594
  • Medium Graphite on paper
  • Size 80.00 x 61.00 cm (framed: 102.00 x 83.50 x 4.30 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008