Art: 19th Century Reporter

Constantin Guys could sketch, with equal ease, a cavalry charge or a crinolined cocotte. As a war correspondent in the Crimea, he turned out sheaves of detailed drawings of battles and camp life. As a Parisian artist-about-town, he caught the elegant manners and shady morals of his contemporaries. Although he lacked Daumier's satiric bite and Rowlandson's ribald bounce, Guys's quick eye and facile technique made him one of Europe's ablest 19th century reporters. Last week, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, some of the best of Guys's reporting was on display...

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