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Guye, Nicolas
French, 1773 - 1845
Nicolas Guye was a Napoleonic general in Spain. In 1810 Guye organized in Madrid the first infantry regiment of Joseph Bonaparte's government and was appointed governor of Seville. In 1812 he defeated the unofficial army of General Juan Martin Díaz, an important leader of the Spanish resistance. Nicolas Guye commissioned portraits of himself and his young nephew Victor from Goya, intended as a gift for the child's father, Nicolas' brother, Vicent Guye. Vicent and Victor were in Madrid, returning to France in 1813. The portrait of Victor is now in the NGA (1956.11.1).
Louis Hossotte. "Un général comtois du premier Empire, Nicolas Phillipe Guye." Academie des sciences, belles lettres, et arts de besançon; bulletin (1965): 67
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