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

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'Pistols for Two' 1951

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Throughout his career Warhol created numerous artist books. However, he also designed book covers for other authors. This is the design for the cover of the book ‘Pistols for two’ by Aaron Marc Stein. It is a typical example of Warhol’s early drawing style in its use of his blotted-line technique, combined with a wash in the background which leaves the two figures as ghostly silhouettes. The only detail Warhol has focused on are the guns and the hand held tightly behind the closest figure’s back. Seventeen years later, in 1968, Warhol himself was shot and critically injured.


  • Acc. No. AR00261
  • Medium Ink, graphite and tempera on paper
  • Size 22.30 x 26.30 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