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Cartoon, The Liliput Levy on John Bull Gulliver

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Cartoon, The Liliput Levy on John Bull Gulliver

Cartoon, The Liliput Levy on John Bull Gulliver -- a satirical comment on taxation putting the strain on John Bull (representing the middle-class British man), with a reference to Swifts Gullivers Travels. Date: 1876

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1876 Boot Boots Bull Comment Economic Economy Finance Financial Overcome Prices Satire Satirical Taxes Tied Taxman


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This cartoon print, titled "The Liliput Levy on John Bull," dates back to 1876, taking us back to the heart of the Victorian era in Britain. The image is a satirical commentary on the heavy burden of taxation that was putting a significant strain on the middle-class British man, symbolized by John Bull. The cartoon is an allusion to Jonathan Swift's classic work, "Gulliver's Travels," where the diminutive people of Liliput attempt to bind Gulliver with his own shoes. In this rendition, we see John Bull, a sturdy and robust figure, being overwhelmed by a horde of tiny taxmen, each attempting to tie him down with a boot. The high prices and taxes have become an unbearable weight, leaving John Bull helpless and unable to move forward. The 1870s were marked by a series of financial and economic events that put immense pressure on the British public, with rising costs of living and increasing taxes. This cartoon serves as a poignant reminder of the social and political climate of the time, using satire to highlight the struggles of the average man. The Liliput Levy on John Bull is not only a commentary on the taxation system but also a reflection of the broader economic challenges that the British population faced during this period. In conclusion, this print offers a unique glimpse into the social and political landscape of Victorian Britain, using the power of satire to shed light on the heavy burden of taxation and the challenges faced by the middle class. The Liliput Levy on John Bull remains a fascinating piece of historical art that continues to resonate with audiences today, offering valuable insights into the complexities of the past.

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