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Antique Guiness Beer/Ediburgh Zoo Poster c.1940

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The poster is a joint effort of Guinness Beer and the Edinburgh Zoo to promote visits to the zoo where animals featured in Guinness advertising can be seen. This is an original vintage poster and not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed, and in good condition.

  • CREATOR John Gilroy, United Kingdom.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Paper, Lithograph, Linen.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS Overall: H 34 in. W 29 in., Poster: H 29.75 in. W 19 3/4 in.


John Gilroy ( 1898 – 1985) was an English artist and illustrator, best known for his advertising posters for Guinness, the Irish stout. Born in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England, 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. In 1925, he gained 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. He was also an accomplished portrait painter, numbering Royalty, Politicians, Actors and many others amongst his subjects.  




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