Pearlware pottery jug decorated with enamels under the glaze “Success to John Bull”, circa 1810

John Bull is a national personification of the United Kingdom in general and England in particular, especially in political cartoons and similar graphic works. He is usually depicted as a stout, middle-aged, country-dwelling, jolly and matter-of-fact man. He originated in satirical works of the early 18th century and would come to stand for “English liberty” in opposition to revolutionaries. He was popular through the 18th and 19th centuries until the time of the First World War, when he was generally stopped being seen as representative of the “common man”. In this jug he probably represents the British in their war with Napoleon.

Height: 6 ¾”

Condition: Spout and rim chips restored