Andy Warhol - The House That Went To Town

The 1950s was Andy Warhol’s most prolific decade for creating books. Some, like In the Bottom of My Garden and Wild Raspberries, were published.  Others, like The House went to Town, were unpublished – the only records that remain of this particular book are the study drawings for the pages. The pages tell the whimsical tale of a house whose parts decide to take an adventure into town. This drawing came from Andy Warhol’s Estate and was authenticated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; stamps from both entities may be found on the back side of the page.

Andy Warhol: The House that Went to Town (unpublished book)
“Andy Warhol played many different roles in his career. Unknown until recently was that Warhol was an illustrator and designer of children's books. In the nineteen-fifties, five known book projects were produced in collaboration with the author and artists Ralph Thomas Ward, known as Corcki[e]: "Love is a Pink Cake", "A is an Alphabet", "There was Snow on the Street ad Rain in the Sky", "The House that went to Town", and "Mrs. Cook's Children". Apart from the first two, which are adult reflections on life and love, they are designs for children's books.”

Reading Andy Warhol (2013), published by Hantz Canje in conjunction with the museum exhibition 19 Sept 2013 - 12 January 2014, essay by Marianna Dobner, page 135 (footnotes omitted).

Images from Marianne Dobner's essay in Reading Andy Warhol, pages 134-137, 139-140

The Plot:
The headboard and footboard grow bored and decide to venture into the city while the rest of the house sleeps. The separate themselves from the bed, leaving it sitting on the floor still sleeping. As they make their journey out of the house, they wake other parts of the slumbering house who wish to join them on their adventure: the snoring door, the picture on the wall, etc., each threatening to wake other parts of the house (especially the bed) if they do not join in the journey. They cheer so loudly when they reach the city that the other parts of the house that were still sleeping are awakened. The headboard, footboard, and friends then return to the house, and return to sleep where the story began.

The timing of the drawing:
In her essay about this book in Reading Andy Warhol, Marianne Dobner sets forth facts which "suggest[s] the manuscript should be dated to 1952-1953." Id. at 144

Dobner, Marianne. "The House that Went to Town, Warhol as a Children's Book Designer." Reading Andy Warhol, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2013, pp. 134-145