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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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Untitled [Sheep]. No date.

Aquila # 134946 - $500

 

Very good. Original drawing (oil pastel on paper). Drawing measures 39.4 X 26.7 CM (15.5 X 10.5"). Housed in a 1" wood and gilt painted frame measuring 64.8 X 52 CM (25.5 X 20.5") with beige, gilt and white matting. Signed in bottom left in pencil. Some wear to frame.

 

A strong image depicting a big horned sheep staring out. The light plays beautifully upon his fur and a mountain is visible in the distance. Gilroy achieves beautiful lines and textures upon the animal with only scarce and subtle lines surrounding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Untitled [Original Painting Depicting Horse and Foal]. No date.

 

Very good. Original painting, oil on canvas. Image 15.5" X 19.5" (39.4 X 49.5 CM) in 25.5" X 20.5" (64.7 X 52 CM) cloth and gilt painted frame. Some wear to frame, else in fine condition. Signed by Gilroy on the bottom left corner.

 

A lovely and delicate image showing a young foal, it's head hidden beneath it's mothers body. Soft lines and a mix of abstract lines and near photo realism makes for a very beautiful painting.

Aquila Books # 134945 - $600.00

 

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Untitled (Unknown First Nations). No Date.           

 

Aquila # 132641 - $2250

 

Original drawing (oil pastel on paper).

Drawing measures 63.5 x 40 cm (25"  x 15.75"). Housed in a thin wooden frame measuring 81.5 x 65 cm (32" x 25.5") with white matting.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom right corner.

A powerful image with rich colours and expressive detailing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Untitled [Unknown First Nations]. No date.

 

Aquila # 134951 - $850 

Original Drawing., [no date]. Near fine. Original drawing (oil pastel on paper). Drawing measures 45.75 X 36.8 CM (18 X 14.5"). Housed in a 1.5" wood and gilt painted frame measuring 76 X 57 CM (30 X 22.5") with beige, brown and white matting. Signed in bottom left in pastel. Some wear to frame.

 

A beautiful portrait of a what appears to be a young First Nations man in feather headdress and other ornamentation. Tipees are visible in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Untitled

[Uknown First Nations Man].

Original Oil Pastel Drawing.

[no date]

 

Very good. Original drawing (oil pastel on paper). Drawing measures 37.5 X 28.5 CM (14.75 X 11.25"). Housed behind glass in a wooden frame with gilt ornamentation measuring 65.5 X 53.5 CM (25.75 X 21") with gray and white matting. Signed in bottom left in pencil. Some light wear and chipping to frame.

 

A 3/4 profile head and shoulder portrait of a native man who is smiling. Gilroy has illustrated an interesting play of light upon his face. His clothing is brightly coloured and he wears a feather headdress. 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.

 

Aquila Books # 134-976  - $650.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Untitled (Unknown Mother and Child). No Date.            

  Aquila # 132643 - $1250

 

 

Original drawing (oil pastel on paper).

Drawing measures 40.5 x 30.5 cm (16" x 12"). Housed in a thin wooden frame measuring 60 x 48 cm (23.5" x 19") with white matting (with a grey linear border surrounding the image).

 

Signed "Gilroy, Calgary" on the bottom left corner.

 

A lovely image of a mother holding her child. The full detail of the mothers face contrasts nicely with the simple lines of their bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Untitled

[Bull (Bison)]. Original Drawing., [no date].

 

Very good. Original drawing (oil pastel on paper). Drawing measures 37.4 X 26.7 CM (14.75 X 10.5"). Housed behind glass in a thin decorative dark brown and gilt wooden frame measuring 61 X 48 CM (24 X 19") with light green and gilt matting. Some light wear to frame with a small stain to matting.

 

A beautiful drawing which illustrates wonderfully the sharp eyes and thick hair of a male bison. Rich, earthy tones with paper visible at sides.

 

Aquila # 134999 - $800.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Untitled [First Nations Girl].

Original Drawing., [no date].

 

Near fine. Original drawing (oil pastel on paper). Drawing measures 36 X 26 CM (14.25 X 10.25"). Housed behind glass in a thin carved gilt brushed wooden frame measuring 58.4 X 49.5 CM (23 X 19.5") with beige and navy matting. Some light wear and chipping to frame.

 

Signed by Gilroy on the bottom left. A very sweet portrait of a young first nations girl. Her age is evident by her soft, youthful face which Gilroy illustrates beautifully. The drawing is complimented beautifully by the light blue background.

 

Aquila books # 135001 - $750.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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