A wonderfully nostalgic country scene for a farmer with a working sheepdog. The John Bull magazine was first published in 1906. It was a hugely popular weekly and despite a circulation of over 700,000, it was finally closed in 1964 as it could not generate enough advertising revenue to cover its costs. John Bull employed some of Britain's finest illustrators and this original cover, by Ronald Lampitt, depicts an idyllic rural farm, complete with the farmer, milk maid and working Collie. Throughout the 1950s, Lampitt’s covers for John Bull helped cheer up the ration burdened families of post-war Britain through his romanticised views of the countryside and its people. Framed in a painted black frame with a distressed finish.