Bitten By Witch Fever

October 25, 2016|
Bitten By Witch Fever by Lucinda Hawksley
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The shocking story of a deadly trend in Victorian wallpaper design, illustrated by beautiful and previously unseen arsenic-riddled designs from the British National Archives

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.

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is the author of three biographies of Victorian artists: Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini (née Dickens), and Princess Louise. Lucinda is a regular lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
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Title:Bitten By Witch Fever
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 10.1 X 8.07 X 1.05 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 10.1 X 8.07 X 1.05 in
Published:October 25, 2016
Publisher:WW Norton
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780500518380

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