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Discover the lost art of the Guinness toucan

Posted at 3:30 pm, March 3, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
John Gilroy's lost Guinness Artwork

St Patrick’s Day isn’t too far off and you’ll soon get the chance to satisfy your annual Guinness quota in the space of 24 hours, so why not learn a little about the history of the super stout?

On Tuesday March 4, ex-Guinness brewer David Hughes will be talking about the lost artwork of John Gilroy, the illustrator behind some of the drink’s most iconic toucan filled advertisement posters. Since 1971 all of Gilroy’s original artwork was feared lost or destroyed, yet 40 years later these rare pieces are starting to pop up at antiques markets across the US, with 320 canvases discovered so far. Join Hughes at the St Bride Foundation to get a glimpse of Gilroy’s iconic artwork, including rejected pieces never seen before. And keep your eyes peeled for any rogue Guinness toucans you come across – they may well be worth something.

For more info and to book tickets, see stbride.org

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