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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.

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Will Hay

by John Gilroy
oil on canvas, circa 1945
NPG 5877


Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis

by John Gilroy
oil on paper, 1957
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4689