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

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'The Runaway Pigeon' 1953

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Throughout his career Warhol created numerous artist books based on his drawings. However, he also designed book covers for other authors. These drawings are a study for the front and back covers of a novel by Leslie Edgley called ‘The Runaway Pigeon’ (titled ‘Diamonds Spell Death’ outside America). The story involves a heist in a diamond merchants followed by a chase across several American states. The two illustrations combine marbleised paper, which Warhol was experimenting with at this time, and his blotted-line technique. There are also handwritten annotations and a rectangle marked around part of the drawing, indicating a selection that he would perhaps like to use as the cover.


  • Acc. No. AR00243
  • Medium Ink, watercolour and graphite on paper
  • Size 26.90 x 29.50 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