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Bitten by Witch Fever

Bitten by Witch Fever

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This book follows a shocking account of the deadly arsenic-laden wallpaper designs popular in the 19th century. Schweinfurt green, made from arsenic and verdigris compounds, became an instant hit for its ability to create enduring yellow, green, and blue hues. Sadly, the toxic pigment found its way into intricate, brightly colored wallpaper, adorning Victorians' homes. UK's largest arsenic mining plant, owned by William Morris, increased production to meet the demand, and Morris himself coined the phrase "Bitten by Witch Fever" to downplay public health concerns in 1885. Featuring stunning samples from the British National Archive, this book chronicles the fatal history of Victorian décor.


350+ illustrations, 250+ in color
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