“Maison Dickenson,” Swiss American Sketchbook, Auguste Burnand 008
- Creator:Auguste Burnand (ca. 1835-1860)
- Title:“Maison Dickenson,” Swiss American Sketchbook, Auguste Burnand 008
- Description:This pencil drawing on paper shows two story, flat-roofed house, with wrap-around porches on the lower level, in a landscape setting. Inscribed in pencil below the image are the words: "Maison Dickenson Knoxville 1856."
- Historical Note:From a sketchbook of drawings by French-Swiss traveling artist Auguste Burnand, who lived in the Swiss American community near Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1853-1860. This villa-type residence was located in downtown Knoxville on Main & Locust. Formerly the home of Dickinson's brother-in-law, Joseph Estabrook, it may have served as the residence of Dickinson and his young wife, Susan Penniman, whom he married in 1845. Dickinson's mother, Lucinda, his sister, Lucinda, and his sister Nancy, who was married to Estabrook, came to Knoxville in 1827 when Estabrook was appointed principal of the Knoxville Female Academy. Dickinson, who followed circa 1830, first taught at Hampden-Sydney, but soon went into the mercantile business with Lucinda's husband, James H. Cowan, and became a prominent citizen of Knoxville. He later built a country home, near the confluence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers, which he called Island Home. Upon his death, it became the State School for the Deaf.
- Institution:McClung Historical Collection, Knox County Public Library
- Publisher:Digital Initiatives, James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University
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