Posted 2 years ago
Now for something completely different from camera collecting. While attending an antique show years back, my wife and I stopped at a dealer booth to look at what appeared to be a nice Draught Guinness poster with the well known toucans. What we found was an original signed John Gilroy painting on canvas; better yet, the study to create a poster.
Gilroy is the most famous of all Guinness artists and the painting was made when he was employed as an in-house artist with the S H Benson Ltd advertising agency.
What's marvelous is the study includes dabs of paint at the edges to check the color pallet, pencil markings showing how the poster would be finished, and revision comments from reviews.
We ended up acquiring three original Guinness paintings (studies) and the mailing tube complete with paper address label. The acquisition was perfect because I'm a long time Guinness Stout fan!