John Gilroy (artist)

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John T. Y. Gilroy
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Born (1898-05-30)30 May 1898
Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England
Died 11 April 1985(1985-04-11) (aged 86)
Nationality British
Education Durham University

John Thomas Young Gilroy (30 May 1898 – 11 April 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. He taught at Camberwell College of Arts.[1]

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.[2] He worked with Dorothy L. Sayers.[3]

Wartime poster by John Gilroy for the Ministry of Information.

John Gilroy died at Guildford on 11 April 1985.


In 1950, he married Elizabeth Margaret Bramley; they had one son.


  1. ^ Elizabeth Lomas (1 January 2001). Guide to the Archive of Art and Design, Victoria & Albert Museum. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. pp. 54–. ISBN 978-1-57958-315-6. 
  2. ^ Stephen Mansfield (13 October 2009). The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World. Thomas Nelson Inc. pp. 230–. ISBN 978-1-4185-8067-4. 
  3. ^ DuBose, Martha Hailey (2000). Women of Mystery: The Lives and Works of Notable Women Crime Novelists. Macmillan. p. 186. ISBN 9780312276553. 

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