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Bitten By Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home

Author/EditorHawksley, Lucinda (Author)
ISBN: 9780500518380
Pub Date20/10/2016
BindingHardback
Pages256
Dimensions (mm)250(h) * 195(w)
Presents facsimile samples of 275 of the most sumptuous wallpaper designs ever created by designers and printers of the age, including Christopher Dresser and Morris & Co. In this title, interleaved with the wallpaper sections is a commentary that guides you through the story of the manufacture, uses and effects of arsenic.
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"As to the arsenic scare a greater folly it is hardly possible to imagine: the doctors were bitten as people were bitten by the witch fever." (William Morris on toxic wallpapers, 1885). Bitten by Witch Fever presents facsimile samples of 275 of the most sumptuous wallpaper designs ever created by designers and printers of the age, including Christopher Dresser and Morris & Co. For the first time in their history, every one of the samples shown has been laboratory tested and found to contain arsenic. Interleaved with the wallpaper sections, evocative commentary guides you through the incredible story of the manufacture, uses and effects of arsenic, and presents the heated public debate surrounding the use of deadly pigments in the sublime wallpapers of a newly industrialized world.

"As to the arsenic scare a greater folly it is hardly possible to imagine: the doctors were bitten as people were bitten by the witch fever." (William Morris on toxic wallpapers, 1885). Bitten by Witch Fever presents facsimile samples of 275 of the most sumptuous wallpaper designs ever created by designers and printers of the age, including Christopher Dresser and Morris & Co. For the first time in their history, every one of the samples shown has been laboratory tested and found to contain arsenic. Interleaved with the wallpaper sections, evocative commentary guides you through the incredible story of the manufacture, uses and effects of arsenic, and presents the heated public debate surrounding the use of deadly pigments in the sublime wallpapers of a newly industrialized world.

Lucinda Hawksley is the author of three biographies of Victorian artists: Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini (nee Dickens) and Princess Louise. She also writes about art history, social history, literature and the life and works of her great-great-great-grandfather Charles Dickens. Lucinda is a Pre-Raphaelite and Aestheticism expert and a regular lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Introduction: Arsenic & Victorian Paper Hangings * 1. Arsenic Murder & Myth 2. Madness in the Method; Poison in the Process * 3. Arsenic in the Home * 4. The Wallpaper Designers * 5. The Public Debate * 6. Getting Away From It All * 7. The Rise of Arsenic-free Wallpaper * Appendix

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