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A Whole Stocking Full of Good Wishes

A Whole Stocking Full of Good Wishes

 

Andy Warhol

1956

Offset lithograph on paper
22 x 17 in.; 55.9 x 43.9 cm.

Gift of Charles Lisanby

This print, which shows a woman’s leg wearing an elaborate red heeled shoe with the words “A Whole Stocking Full of Good Wishes” written down the side, is an example of the shoe advertisements for which Andy Warhol first became known. After struggling for several years to assert himself in New York, Andy was able to finally secure a consistent job as a draftsman for the I. Miller Shoe Company in 1955. Warhol would draw fanciful designs of imaginary heels like this, which I. Miller would run as advertisements in weeklies and newspapers, including full-page Sunday spreads in the New York Times.

Charles even remembers opening the Times one morning “to discover that Warhol’s I. Miller illustration contained lots of little ‘cl’s”. Andy had become quite fond of the designer soon after their initial meeting in 1955 and was known to subtly insert his initials into his drawings and window displays like this.

Quickly becoming known as “the best shoe-drawer in New York”, Andy received several awards from the Art Directors Club of New York for his I. Miller advertisements, and was even able to garner the inclusion of one particularly exceptional heel in MoMA’s 1956 exhibition, “Recent Drawings U.S.A.”.