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John Bull Temptation Cartoon

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This Cartoon shows The tree of liberty, with the devil tempting John Bull. Round a bare and decayed oak tree is twined a serpent with the head of Fox; he holds a damaged apple inscribed "reform" to John Bull, who is fat and his pockets bulge with golden apples. The trunk of the tree is "opposition"; its roots are: envy, ambition, disappointment. Each rotten apple has an inscription: democracy, treason, slavery, etc. In the background is an oak in full leaf: its trunk is "Justice", the roots Commons, King, Lords, the branches Laws and Religion. From it hangs a crown surrounded by apples, some inscribed Freedom, Happiness, Security.

The image was created in London by H. Humphrey, on May 23rd, 1798.

 
 

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