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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.

Date
February 8, 1862

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Description

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

Publication/Creation

London : [publisher not identified], February 8, 1862.

Physical description

1 print : wood engraving ; image with border 14.3 x 17.9 cm

Lettering

The arsenic waltz. The new dance of death. (Dedicated to the green wreath and dress-mongers). Punch, or the London Charivari.

Publications note

Alison Matthews David, Fashion victims: the dangers of dress past and present, London 2015, pp. 94-95

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 36772i

Creator/production credits

Possibly by John Leech (1817-1864)?

Language

  • English



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