Andy Warhol - "In The Bottom of my Garden"

26/05/22

ANDY WARHOL’S FRISKY FAIRIES ARE PRETTY IN PINK
AT THE CANTERBURY AUCTION GALLERIES

Rare copy of Pop artist’s book ‘In the Bottom of My Garden’ -
Headlines our Saleroom’s June 11th-12th Auction

Andy Warhol, the king of Pop Art, may well be best remembered for his Soup Cans and Marilyns, but a sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on June 11-12 recalls the artist’s early creative years when he produced an erotic book featuring frolicking fluorescent pink cherubs with flowers covering their gender-neutral naughty bits, which he called “In the Bottom of My Garden”.

The number of lithographic plates, each coloured by hand by Warhol and a group of friends, appearing in the publication varies from book to book and single pages appear on the market fairly frequently. Complete copies are rare, however, making the example in the Canterbury sale highly sought after. It includes the unusually high number of 20 pages, 10 of which are full or partially hand-coloured. As a result, it is estimated at £30,000-40,000, this copy being inscribed on the front cover to “Frances Keane. Andy Warhol”.

Done in around 1956 when he was in his late twenties while Warhol had concentrated mainly on commercial art, the book was among his first forays into fine and Pop art. It is thought to have been inspired by children’s books including ‘Flower Fairies of Autumn’ by Cicely Mary Barker, while the title comes from the song 'There Are Fairies in the Bottom of Our Garden,' popularised by singer and comedienne Beatrice Lillie, nowadays considered a gay icon. The text of the book was written by his mother, Julia Warhola.

 

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