John Bull defending Britain against the invasion of cholera; comparing the Reform Bill to the cholera epidemic. Coloured lithograph, c. 1832.

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John Bull grasps the blue shrouded 'cholera' round its neck brandishing a club inscribed: "Heart of oak" and saying: "Now you rascal where are you going to". It replies: "I am going back again" while reaching for a scroll under Bull inscribed: "Reform Bill". The fence through which it squeezes reads: "The wooden walls of England" and bears two signs: "Beware of the Bull" and "Board of Health"


London (10 Cloth Fair) : O. Hodgson

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1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; image 25 x 19 cm


John Bull catching the cholera

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Not found in: British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954


Wellcome Collection 12236i


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