John Gilroy (1898-1985)
Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 2 portraits
John Gilroy was an artist and illustrator, best known for his advertising posters for Guinness, the Irish stout. Gilroy attended Durham University until his studies were interrupted by World War I, during which he served with the Royal Field Artillery. He resumed studying at the Royal College of Art in London, where he remained as a teacher for a time until gaining employment at S H Benson's advertising agency, where he created the iconic advertisement art for Guinness featuring the Zoo Keeper and animals enjoying Guinness.
by John Gilroy
oil on paper, 1957
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
All paintings by this artist on the BBC Your Paintings website