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Bitten by Witch Fever


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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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An entertaining - and beautiful - hybrid of Victorian social history and design resource book, which delves into the dark history of 19th-century arsenic-riddled wallpapers

About the Author

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.


'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

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