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Ben Austrian (1870-1921)
Lot 522 Details
Ben Austrian (1870-1921), American
A HEN AND 13 CHICKS, 1920
Oil on canvas; signed and dated 1920 lower right, inscribed "Painted by Ben Austrian/ Clovelly at the Pinnicle/ Kempton, P.A. 1920" in black felt pen to the relined canvas verso and to the stretcher
20 x 26 in — 50.8 x 66 cm
Ex. Collection of Frank E. Moore and his wife Edith, Ellwood City, PA;
By descent through the family to the present Private Collection, Bowmanville, ON
Frank E. Moore was the President of Mathews Conveyor Company located in Ellwood, PA and Port Hope, Canada.
Ben Austrian drew one of the first Bon Ami chicks in 1903. His painting of a newborn chick became the celebrated trademark of Bon Ami Cleanser. Austrian had studios in Paris, London, Palm Springs and Berks County, Pennsylvania.