White Hen with Chickens, 1913

by Ben Austrian (1870–1921)

Oil on canvas
20⅛ x 26⅛ inches
Signed and dated lower right: Ben Austrian. / 1913.

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Schwarz Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company Collection, Kansas City, Missouri, acquired from above, 1987
Sale, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 9, 2019, lot 48, from above



American Paintings: Philadelphia Collection XXXIII (Philadelphia: Schwarz Gallery, Philadelphia, 1986), plate 23.


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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