Piglet (F. & S. IV.134B) is a lithograph print with watercolour applied by hand produced by the ‘father of Pop Art’, Andy Warhol, in 1959. In this print Warhol renders a large, suckling pig in yellow, lying on a platter surrounded by apples, flowers and lemons. The pig has two red bows tied around its neck and tail and the beautiful range of pastel colours captures Warhol’s artful eye for colour. Below the pig, written in beautiful calligraphy is a comic recipe for a ‘Piglet’.
The delicate drawing of the pig reflects Warhol’s excellent draughtsmanship and resonates with Warhol’s earlier artworks, such as Hand And Flowers (1957). Warhol developed his talent for drawing after moving to New York in 1949 when he worked as a freelance illustrator for various commercial brands. The artist produced drawings of clothes, shoes and handbags for a number of popular fashion magazines like Vogue, Glamour Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.
In 1959, while Warhol was working as an illustrator for the children’s book publishers, Doubleday, Warhol was approached by the legendary interior decorator and bohemian hostess, Suzie Frankfurt, who was enraptured by Warhol’s whimsical watercolours. Frankfurt and Warhol worked together to make a series of handmade books that were inspired by the mass-produced French cuisine cookbooks that were popular in the 1950s. Piglet (F. & S. IV.134B) is one of the recipes from this collaborative venture.