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Just as the United States has Uncle Sam as its National Symbol, Great Britain enjoys the National Symbol of John Bull.  John Bull is typically a portly fellow sporting a top hat and wearing the Union Jack flag as a shirt. He often has a cane and overcoat.

John Bull can first be found around 1712, a creation of John Arbuthnot. He was popularized through political cartoons, many of which appeared on the pages of Harper's Weekly.  Harper's Weekly was important in popularizing the image of John Bull because of both its wide circulation, and its prolific use of wood cut illustrations. John Bull is sometimes pictured as a lion, or with a lion, analogous to the American Eagle sometime shown with Uncle Sam. In addition, he was sometimes pictured as a bull, as can be seen in some of the cartoons below.

We have compiled some representative historical examples of John Bull historical cartoons and images below.

Historical Cartoons of John Bull from the pages of Harper's Weekly

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John Bull

John Bull and Brother Jonathan

John Bull and Snake

John Bull with Snake

John Bull Cotton Cartoon

John Bull Cotton Cartoon

John Bull and Abraham Lincoln

John Bull and Abraham Lincoln

John Bull Slavery Cartoon

John Bull as a Bull

Fat John Bull

Fat John Bull Cartoon

John Bull Cartoon

John Bull Confederate Sympathizer

John Bull as Confederate Sympathizer

John Bull and Lady Liberty

John Bull and Lady Liberty

John Bull Lion

John Bull as a Lion

Cartoon

John Bull an Brother Jonathan

Posters and Pictures of John Bull

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John Bull Recruiting Poster

John Bull Recruiting Poster

John Bull and Uncle Sam

Habeas Corpus

Suspension of Habeas Corpus

Temptation

Temptation

John Bull Bleeding Cartoon

John Bull and Ladies

John Bull and Ladies

Columbia and John Bul

War of 1812 Cartoon

British Navy

British Navy Cartoon

John Bull and Civil War

John Bull and Civil War Cartoon

Conflict

Conflict

Property Tax

Property Tax Cartoon

Uncle Sam and John Bull

Uncle Sam and John Bull

 
 

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