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A talk on Guinness Advertising History

I am writing to you on behalf of the St Bride Library as we are holding a talk next Tuesday, 4 March that I think may be of interest to your members. I was wondering if you'd be able to pass on details of it to them if you think it would be appropriate?

It's a talk being given by ex-Guinness brewer David Hughes on the lost Guinness artwork painted by Gilroy who is famous for painting their iconic advertising imagery from the 1930s-1960s.

In 1971 all the original paintings belonging to S H Benson (who commissioned the work), once the biggest advertising agency in the world, was lost. Some 40 years later, it is starting to be sold off in the USA through the antiques market. So far over 320 canvases have been found; prior to this Gilroy oils for Guinness were rare and only found in archives.

David Hughes wrote Gilroy was good for Guinness to showcase the lost art, much of which is never previously seen work from rejected campaigns; some outstanding images have come to light. Prior to this find, it was not understood that oil paintings were the final printers' proof before a poster was made.

It's being held on Tuesday 4 March 2014 at 7pm In the Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EE

Tickets £15.00 · Friends of St Bride Library £12.50 · Students (bring NUS card) £10.00

For more information and to book tickets please visit Also on the evening, David is bringing Edward Guinness as his guest to the talk, who's knowledge into his family's history will be a valuable insight and will a privilege to hear from.