Printed in 1954, Cats Named Sam IV 60 is an offset lithograph by Andy Warhol that depicts a slender cat in a cool, teal colour against a plain backdrop. Sitting on its hind legs, the cat gazes at the floor with its bright, yellow eyes, a characteristic feature of the cats in this series. To the left of the composition, the cat's name, Sam, is written in elegant calligraphy.
Cats Named Sam IV 60 is part of the Cats Named Sam series, produced by Warhol in 1954 near the start of the artist's career. One of 16 lithograph prints, all of cats, Cats Named Sam IV 60 is one of Warhol's earliest works on the market today. The inspiration for this series came from Warhol's mother, Julia, who lived with him at the time in New York, along with her 25 cats. The prints were produced by Warhol to accompany the children's book he also published, 25 Cats Name (sic) Sam and One Blue Pussy.
The print features Warhol’s signature blotted line technique which came to mark much of the early work he made in the 1940s and 1950s. Cats Named Sam IV 60 captures Warhol’s technique of combining simple black lines with hand painted blocks of colour that could be added after the process of making the lithograph.