The Hen That Lays the Golden Eggs, c. 1894

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Bequest of Mrs. Charles S. Pillsburyexpand_more  P.58.100

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A quip by the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte inspired this fair little fowl. Talking about France’s engineering school, the École Polytechnique, Napoleon compared it to a hen that lays “golden eggs.” Those eggs were probably the students, on their way to becoming engineers and military leaders. Bracquemond contributed this image to a book celebrating the school’s hundredth anniversary, in 1894.

The Hen That Lays the Golden Eggs
Artist Life
Accession Number
Mrs. Charles S. Pillsbury, Minneapolis; Estate of Mrs. Charles S. Pillsbury; bequeathed to MIA, 1958.
Catalogue Raisonne
Beraldi App 113(?)
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