Three New Books!

The literature on wallpaper is comparatively small so the publication of new books is most welcome. We hope to included reviews of all three in the forthcoming Newsletter but here is advance information to whet your appetite:

  •  Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Homeby Lucinda Hawksley, Thames & Hudson /The National Archives, 2016, 256 pp,, £28.00 hb, ISBN: 978 0 500518380

A collaboration with the National Archives that features 275 illustrations of arsenical wallpapers from the extensive collection of designs, many by well-known names, registered for copyright in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

  •  Johan Norman: Tapettryckare 1 1700-Talets Stockholm (Johan Norman: wallpaper printer in 1700s Stockholm), by Ingela Broström & Elisabet Stavenow-Hidemark, Carlsson Bokförlag, Stockholm, 2016, 80 pp, hb, ISBN: 978-91-7331-783-2

This book, about Swedish wallpaper printer Johan Norman (1744-1808), has a short English-language summary, includes an illustrated catalogue of all the known wallpapers by him – 65 in all across 26 different patterns. Many are recent discoveries found by wallpaper printer Mats  Qwarfordt, who has reproduced several of Norman’s patterns.


  • Joseph Dufour: Genie des papiers peints, by Denys Prache in collaboration with Veronique de Bruignac-La Hougue, Editions Mare & Martin, Paris, 2016, 418 pp, hb, ISBN:979-10-92054-58-3

This is an enormous book! But that is exactly what is required to document the life and work of Joseph Dufour. Written by a descendant of the manufacturer, in collaboration with the Curator of Wallpapers at the Musée des Art Decoratifs, Paris, it is clearly a massive undertaking, illustrating all the well-known Dufour products but also presenting some analysis of techniques.


Reviews of these new publications will be included in the forthcoming Newsletter (due April).