A Guinness CarollJohn Gilroy £400.00
A Guinness CarollJohn Gilroy
A rare original Guinness poster designed by the artist John Gilroy, c. 1933. The image and text, based on the Lewis Carroll poem You Are Old, Father William (from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1865), was one of Gilroy’s earliest designs for Guinness. It first appeared as a black and white newspaper advertisement in 1932 and was one of several Gilroy produced based on the Alice in Wonderland theme. The adverts proved so popular that they were republished in 1933 as a 24-page pamphlet entitled “The Guinness Alice” and apparently sent to doctors in an effort to get them to recommend Guinness for their patients! This colour poster version was probably issued at that time and is printed on an unusual glassine paper stock. A higher resolution image is available for viewing on request.