Hen with Chicks, 1912

by Ben Austrian (1870–1921)

Oil on canvas
20 x 26 1/16 inches
Signed and dated lower right: Ben Austrian / 1912

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Schwarz Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company Collection, Kansas City, Missouri, acquired from above, 1984
Sale, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 9, 2019, lot 25, from above



Philadelphia Paintings 1795–1930: Philadelphia Collection XXII (Philadelphia: Schwarz Gallery, Philadelphia, 1984), plate 11.


Note: Beginning in 1902, Austrian worked with the producers of Bon Ami household cleaner to create a series of advertisements that featured paintings of his chickens. By depicting the softness of the chicks, these images suggested Bon Ami’s non-scratching products, which revolutionized the soap industry.

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