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Object ID 1939.038.001
Object Name Lithograph
Title The Blue Hen will Protect her Chickens
Collection Works of Art
Credit line Gift of State Highway Department
Date 1864
Artist Henry Collins Bispham (original artist)
Made Thomas Sinclair (lithographer)
Description Brightly colored, framed chromolithograph depicting a scene with a crowing rooster that has its foot on a dead Copperhead snake with two bleeding gashes near its head. To the rooster's left, a hen bends to peck the snake while protectively spreading her wings over eight baby chicks. Another chick appears near a bowl of water in the right foreground. The background contains a landscape with part of a shed structure.

This print was originally shown in the Delaware section of the Great Central Fair in Philadelphia in 1864 and was meant to represent the Blue Hen (Delaware) destroying a "copperhead" (northerners opposed the Civil War & considered traitors by many). It was meant to be a stirring display of Delaware's loyalty to the Union and support of the Civil War as a righteous cause in general.

Dimensions W-20.625 L-25.5 D-1 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions
Subjects Lithographs
Search Terms Chickens
Civil War
Thomas Sinclair
Henry Collins Bispham
Great Central Fair
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA
Medium Chromolithograph