Features: 30 b&w illus. 2 maps. Notes. Bib. Index.
Adolphe Gouhenant tells the story of artist, revolutionary, and early
North Texas resident Francois Ignace (Adolphe) Gouhenant (1804-1871).
Gouhenant was selected by well-known Icarian communist Etienne Cabet to
lead an advance guard from France to settle a utopian colony in North
Texas. The community, beset by hardships, ultimately scapegoated
Gouhenant, accused him of being a French agent, and expelled him. He
then journeyed first to Fort Worth to teach the federal soldiers French
and art, and next to Dallas, where he founded the town’s first arts
establishment in the 1850s. Gouhenant set up shop as a daguerreotypist
and photographed the town’s early residents. His Arts Saloon was the
scene of many exhibitions and dances but ultimately became the high
stake in a nasty battle among Dallas’s leading citizens, setting legal
precedent for Texas homestead law. more... about Adolphe Gouhenant: French Revolutionary, Utopian Leader, and Texas Frontier Photographer