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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. He remained here as a teacher for a time until gaining employment at S.H. Benson's advertising agency. Here he created the iconic advertisement art for Guinness (featuring the Zoo Keeper and animals enjoying Guinness) which he is best know for.

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Bison - Glenbow Ranch

[Original Oil Painting]., 1962.

 

Near fine. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 19.25 X 23" (48.9 X 58.5 CM) in 24 X 28" (61 X 71 CM) carved decorative gilt painted wooden frame. Some light wear, cracking and chipping to frame, else in excellent condition.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner (along with the date and location 'Glenbow Ranch').

 

Painting depicts four bison in a vast expanse of grassy field. A few trees and water are visible at the rear. One sits and another grazes. A beautiful collection of horns, fur and traditional shaggy headed bison profiles.

 

The Glenbow Ranch was located between Calgary and Cochrane north along the Bow river (in Rocky View County). In 2006 the land was made 'Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park' when it was purchased from the previous owners by the government of Alberta.

Aquila # 135003 - $1500.00

 

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Portrait of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

[Original Oil Painting]., c. 1960

 

Near fine. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 23.35 X 19.5" (59 X 49.5 CM) in 30.25 X 26.5" (77 X 67 CM) decorative carved gilt brushed wood and plaster frame. Some light wear, cracking and chipping to frame, else in excellent condition. Pencil writing visible beneath the artists signature at the bottom right (seems to include the date as 17 March 1960).

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner. A beautiful portrait of Queen Elizabeth the first, the Queen mother. Image shows her with a soft smile and adorned with royal sash, jewelry and crown. Beautiful skin texture with an interesting contrast between the impressionistic body and realistic face with sharp blue eyes. The paint is very thick is some places with a canvas border bare around the portrait. A very regal image.

 

Aquila Books # 134996  - $6000.00

 

 

 

 

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[Cowboys Corralling Cattle - Original Oil Painting]., [no date].

 

Near fine. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 23 X 29.25" (58.5 X 74 CM) in 30.25 X 36" (77 X 92 CM) decorative carved gilt brushed wooden frame. Some light wear and chipping to frame, else in excellent condition.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom left corner. A fantastic wild west themed painting showing two cowboys on horses attending to a calf who has broken away from the heard. A lively and earthy image.

Aquila Books # 134985 - $4500.00

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[Prairie Pond - Original Oil Painting]., [no date].

 

Near fine. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 15.5 X 19.5" (39.5 X 49.5 CM) in 21 X 25" (53.5 X 63.5 CM) decorative wood and plaster ornate frame, painted gold with white visible beneath. Some light wear, cracking and chipping to frame, else in excellent condition.

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner. The image depicts a soft pond reflecting the evening sun. The pond is set amidst a vast field, a few farming buildings visible in the background. A group of birds circle in and around the pond. The painting shows expertly the vast expanse of the prairie sky with soft blues and golden clouds.

Aquila # 135004 - $750.00

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[First Nations Family with Two Horses - Original Oil Painting]., [no date].

 

Near fine. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 25 X 29.5" (63.5 X 75 CM) in 30.4 X 35.5" (77 X 90 CM) white and beige coated wooden frame. Some light wear, cracking and chipping to frame, else in excellent condition.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom left corner. A beautiful painting showing three First Nations people in tradition dress with two horses. On one horse appears to be a mother and a child while the man prepares to mount the second. Bright decorative clothing stands out against the soft skin tone of the horses. The image is set off nicely with the green grass and light blue sky behind.

 Aquila # 134998 - $6000.00

 

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Chief Yellow Horn. No date.      

Aquila # 132639  -  $7,000

 

Original painting, oil on canvas.

Image 94 x 76 cm (37.5 x 30") in frame

115.50 x 94 cm (45.5" x 37"). Richly detailed and coloured painting in a large decorative wooden frame (gilt and light brown). Some light wear to frame.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner. A wonderful, large portrait depicting a wise and resolute looking Native Man; with a richly detailed background and full headdress which make this a very striking painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carmolita. No Date.                                     sold $950

 

Original Oil on Canvas. 61 x 49.5cm (24" x 19.5") in wooden gilt, white and cloth frame measuring 84 x 71 cm (33" x 28"). Frame has some light wear and chipping with a slight square of fading on the cloth of the frame below the painting.

 

A vibrant and dynamic painting depicting a graceful female flamenco dancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Untitled [Unknown Dancers]. No Date.

                                        Aquila # 132645 - $750

 

Original Oil on Canvas. 38 X 49.5cm (15" X 19.5") in wooden gilt and white brushed frame measuring 56 X 69 CM (22" X 27"). Frame has some light wear and chipping with a slight darkened spot to the top right just below the corner joint.

 

A beautifully expressive painting in which two flamenco couples are depicted mirroring each others graceful movements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Untitled [Bears]., No date

Near fine. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 13.5" X 18" (34.2 X 45.75 CM) in 20.5" X 24.75" (52 X 62.8 CM) cloth and wood painted frame. Some wear and chipping to frame, else in fine condition. Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner.

A beautiful original painting in rich colours depicting a bear striding through a field. Another bears head pokes up over a hill just behind the first. In the background a lush mountain scene is visible.

Aquila # 134952 - $650.00

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Toucan. (no date).                                

Aquila # 132633 - $1500 SOLD

 

Original painting, oil on canvas.

Image 50 x 39.5 cm (19.5 x 15.5) in 70 x 58 cm (27.5 X 23") decorative white and light brown frame. A crisp, clean and brightly coloured image. The frame has some cracking and wear.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner. A fantastic and vivid painting of Gilroy's iconic toucan (versions of which were very commonly used by Gilroy in his Guinness advertisements).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parrot. No Date.                    Aquila # 132637 - $750

 

Original painting, oil on canvas.

Image 50 x 39.5 cm (19.5 x 15.5) in

70 x 58 cm (27.5 x 23") decorative white and light brown frame. A clean and sharp image. The frame has some cracking and wear.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom left corner. A beautiful image of a white parrot with interesting visual texture on the feathers. A painting in the style to the animals used in Gilroy's famous Guinness beer advertisements (many of which features animals).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[Deer - Original Oil Painting].

[no date]

 

Very good. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 19.5 X 23.5" (49.5 X 59.7 CM) in 27 X 31.7" (68.5 X 80 CM) decorative wooden gilt and cloth covered frame. Some wear and chipping to frame, else in excellent condition.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom left corner. A group of deer is depicted whose elegant heads and graceful bodies pop up all over the piece. With his realistic details contrasted with simple abstracted shapes Gilroy captures perfectly the playful nature of the deer.

 

Aquila # 134-978 - $750.00

 

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[Horse and Trainer - Original Oil Painting]., [no date].

 

Very good. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 11" X 15.5" (28 X 39.4 CM) in 16" X 20" (40.5 X 50.8 CM) decorative wooden gilt and white painted frame. Some wear and chipping to frame, else in fine condition. Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner.

 

A white horse is depicted, it's body strong and solid, with a trainer bracing himself behind it. The horse wears decorative saddle and the trainer a sharp red, black, white and gold uniform to match. Rich colours with a dark background make for an elegant and dramatic image.

Aquila # 134-962 - $650.00

 

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[Coyote - Original Oil Painting]., [no date].

 

Very good. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 15.25 X 19.5" (38.7 X 49.5 CM) in 21 X 25" (53 X 63.5 CM) decorative wooden white, gilt and cloth covered frame. Some light wear and chipping to frame, else in excellent condition.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner. Painting depicts a coyote running, teeth bared, into a flock of birds. His teeth are sharp a small amount of saliva drips from his mouth. He looks to the group of birds with a wild look in his eye. Visible in the background are mountains and water. The whole scene is set against a soft sky of blue and pink. A beautiful wildlife image.

 

Aquila # 134-983   -  $500.00

 

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