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  • Hawksley, Lucinda, author.
     
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  • Wallpaper, Victorian.
     
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  • Wallpaper, Victorian -- Health aspects.
     
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  • Arsenic -- Toxicology.
     
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  • Wallpaper -- History.
     
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  • Decoration and ornament -- Victorian style.
     
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  • Decorative arts -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
     
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  • Repetitive patterns (Decorative arts)
     
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    Bitten by witch fever : wallpaper & arsenic in the Victorian home / Lucinda Hawksley.
    by Hawksley, Lucinda, author.
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    New York : Thames & Hudson Ltd/The National Archives, 2016.
    Subjects
  • Wallpaper, Victorian.
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  • Wallpaper, Victorian -- Health aspects.
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  • Arsenic -- Toxicology.
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  • Wallpaper -- History.
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  • Decoration and ornament -- Victorian style.
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  • Decorative arts -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
  •  
  • Repetitive patterns (Decorative arts)
  • ISBN: 
    9780500518380 (hc.)
    0500518386 (hc.)
    Description: 
    256 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
    Contents: 
    Introduction: Arsenic & Victorian paper hangings -- Chapter one: Arsenic murder & myth -- Chapter two: Madness in the method; Poison in the process -- Chapter three: Arsenic in the home -- Chapter four: The wallpaper designers -- Chapter five: The public debate -- Chapter six: Getting away from it all -- Chapter seven: The rise of arsenic-free wallpaper.
    Content Notes: 
    Includes index.
    Additional Author: 
    National Archives (Great Britain), publisher.
    Summary: 
    "In Germany, in 1814, Wilhelm Sattler created an extremely toxic arsenic and verdigris compound pigment, Schweinfurt green–known also as Paris, Vienna, or emerald green–which became an instant favorite amongst designers and manufacturers the world over, thanks to its versatility in creating enduring yellows, vivid greens, and brilliant blues. Most insidiously, the arsenic-laced pigment made its way into intricately patterned, brightly colored wallpapers and from there, as they became increasingly in vogue, into the Victorian home. As its use became widespread, commercial arsenic mines increased production to meet the near-insatiable demand. Not least of which was the UK’s largest mining plant, DGC whose owner was William Morris, originator of the British Arts and Crafts movement and arguably the finest wallpaper designer of his generation. Bitten by Witch Fever (Morris’s own phrase to dismiss arsenic- and- wall-paper-related public health concerns in 1885) tells this fatal story of Victorian home décor, building upon new research conducted especially for this book by the British National Archive, on their own samples. Spliced between the sections of text are stunning facsimiles of the wallpapers themselves." -- From the publisher.
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