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Bitten by Witch Fever


In Germany, in 1814, Wilhelm Sattler created 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. 

Bitten by Witch Fever 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.

By Lucinda Hawksley, Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2016, 256 pages, Hardcover.