John Bull’s Potty


The piece from Fernando de Castro’s ceramic collection, and designed by Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro, depicts a typical figure alluding to an English man and reflects the artist’s anti-British position in the context of the English Ultimatum. John Bull embodies the position of the United Kingdom that demanded the military withdrawal of the Portuguese from Angola and Mozambique, under the threat of breaking relations between the 2 European nations. The session is commented by Ana Anjos Mântua, coordinator of the Casa-Museu Fernando de Castro.