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

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Here Lies the Heart 1957

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Throughout his career Warhol created numerous artist books. However, he also designed book covers for other authors. ‘Here Lies the Heart’, published in 1960, is a memoir written by Mercedes De Acosta who was renowned for her lesbian affairs with members of the Hollywood elite. Striving for fame himself, Warhol was always intrigued by infamous characters such as De Acosta. With this design for the cover of her controversial autobiography, he has depicted a delicate hand using his blotted-line technique on vibrant orange paper. The calligraphy was almost certainly completed by Warhol’s mother, Julia, who moved to New York in 1952 and lived with her son until 1971. She regularly assisted with his illustrations, adding colour and calligraphy, and even signing his name.


  • Acc. No. AR00264
  • Medium Ink and graphite on paper
  • Size overall: 307 mm x 215 mm
  • 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