1802, Dec 31892, Dec 13
a Dutch-born French Crimean War correspondent, water color painter and illustrator for British and French newspapers. Guys was born and baptized in Vlissingen, the son of François Lazare Guys and his second wife, Elisabeth Bétin. His father had been appointed civilian chief of the French Navy in Rochefort in 1795 and was stationed in Vlissingen fom 1800 until 1806, after which the family moved to Calais. At the age of 20, Constantin served in the cavalry, but only a little later toured in Greece with Lord George Gordon Byron. His career as an artist didn't start until he was about 40.
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