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Daisy wallpaper
1864

Artist/s name
Medium
colour woodcut
Measurements
115.0 x 54.0 cm
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Clark 1, Parry L 2
Accession Number
1997.134
Departments
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Michael Whiteway, 1997
Gallery location
Not on display
About

Intrigued by arsenical findings, NGV conservators examined our own Morris wallpapers using x-ray fluorescence (XRF), a non-destructive form of analysis that aids the identification of metals, minerals and pigments. XRF uses a beam of radiation to force changes in a sample at an atomic level. These changes result in the release of secondary x-rays, the energies of which are characteristic of individual elements. The results are expressed as spectra. While arsenic was not located in the NGV sample, what was detected was the presence of lead, a leading domestic interior poison of the twentieth century.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)