A skeleton gentleman at a ball asks a skeleton lady to dance; representing the effect of arsenical dyes and pigments in clothing and accessories. Wood engraving, 1862.
- February 8, 1862
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The previous week, the chemist A.W. Hoffman had published an article 'The dance of death' in The times, 1 February 1862, in which he disseminated the finding that green dresses, wreaths, and artificial flowers, made with copper arsenite or coppper acetoarsenite (Scheele's green, Paris green), were toxic
The arsenic waltz. The new dance of death. (Dedicated to the green wreath and dress-mongers). Punch, or the London Charivari.
London : [publisher not identified], February 8, 1862.
1 print : wood engraving ; image with border 14.3 x 17.9 cm
Alison Matthews David, Fashion victims: the dangers of dress past and present, London 2015, pp. 94-95
Wellcome Library no. 36772i
Possibly by John Leech (1817-1864)?