BY SY SCHRECKINGER
A SUPERB EXAMPLE of our topic of discussion, this article, is the “John Bull, Gentleman Dog Bank”. The creation of this mechanical
was inspired by the infamous John Bull, a fictitious character who symbolizes the embodiment of the British Empire.
Mr. Bull’s persona originated more than three hundred years ago with a series of politically motivated booklets entitled “Law Is A Bottomless Pit”. The creator of these satirical works was Dr. John Arbuthnot (1667-1735). Bull’s guise and garb evolved gradually over the next few centuries. His eventual characterization, the familiar and beloved portly gentleman, resplendent in top hat, wide lapelled coat, vest and oversized bowtie was attributed to artist-illustrator, Sir John Curruthers Gould. Gould’s work was featured in the Westminster Gazette, a popular British periodical published during the latter portion of the nineteenth century. John Bull was often portrayed in the company of an English bulldog. This courageous animal had also become a popular symbol of Great Britain.