Bitten By Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home - Lucinda Hawksley
Bitten By Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home
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|Nakladatelství:||Thames & Hudson|
|Rozměr:||19,5 x 25 cm|
Part social history and part design catalogue, this innovative book delves into the sinister historyof 19th century wallpaper Beautiful to leaf through and compelling to read, 'Bitten by Witch Fever' is a highly original and captivating volume that interleaves facsimile sections of alluring, arsenic laden wallpapers, all laboratory tested for the first time, with thought provoking narrative, tracing the arresting story of the manufacture, uses and effects of arsenic in the 19th century home, in particular, the pigments ingrained in popular wallpapers. Lucinda Hawksley reveals how pigments, such as Scheeles green and Schweinfurt green, were created using arsenic to produce vibrant and durable dyes, which became instant favourites with wallpaper designers and householders alike. Drawing on contemporary case studies and reports in the press, she highlights 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, Corbire, Son & Brindle, Charles Knowles & Co. and Morris & Co. whose owner was famously dismissive of the fatal effects of living within arsenic laden walls. Lucinda Hawksley is the author of three biographies of Victorian artists: Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini (née 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.