John Bull

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The character of John Bull was invented by John Arbuthnot in a series of pamphlets, Law is a Bottomless Pit, published in 1712. Bull's sturdy honesty contrasted with the wily Frenchman Lewis Baboon. He became popular with cartoonists in the early 19th cent. and acquired the Pickwickian squat top hat and the Union Jack waistcoat.

Subjects: Literature.

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