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Bitten by Witch Fever : Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home - Lucinda Hawksley

Bitten by Witch Fever

Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2016
ISBN: 9780500518380
Number Of Pages: 256

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Beautiful to look at and compelling to read, Bitten by Witch Fever is a highly original and captivating volume that interleaves facsimile sections of alluring, arsenic-laden wallpapers with thought-provoking narrative, tracing the arresting story of the use and effects of the toxic pigments ingrained in popular wallpapers of the nineteenth century. Lucinda Dickens Hawksley presents the history of Scheele's green and schweinfurt green, pigments created using arsenic, which produced the vibrant shades whose brilliance made them instant favourites with wallpaper designers and householders alike. With the aid of contemporary case studies and reports in the press, she reveals how, by the middle of the century, manufacturers were producing millions of rolls of arsenical wallpaper, with devastating consequences for those working in their factories and for those living in rooms decorated with the deadly designs.

The wallpaper sections display dazzling long- lost work from the great designers and printers of the age, including Christopher Dresser, Corbiere, Son & Brindle, Charles Knowles & Co. and Morris & Co. - whose owner was famously dismissive of the fatal effects of living with arsenic-filled wallpapers.

About the Author

Lucinda Hawksley is a British biographer, author and lecturer. She is the daughter of Henry Dickens Hawksley and Susan Jane, and the great-great-great-granddaughter of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine, Hawksley is an award-winning travel writer.

Industry Reviews

'A highly original and beautifully illustrated volume that contrasts alluring, poison-laden wallpapers with thought-provoking narrative' - Town Daily
'Like Horrible Histories, but for grown-ups with a keen interest in interior design' - Emerald Street
'Lucinda Hawksley explores the fascinating history of the use of arsenic in textiles and wallpapers. The book is beautifully made' - It's Nice That
'In Hawksley's engaging prose, Morris comes across as a contradictory figure - just like the poisonously beautiful wallpaper that adorned so many Victorian homes and like the sumptuous pages of this handsome book, hiding a dark social history within' - World of Interiors

ISBN: 9780500518380
ISBN-10: 0500518386
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2016
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.6 x 20.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.93

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