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VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Arsenic Pigments in Bookbindings in the Boston Athenæum

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Arsenic Pigments in Bookbindings in the Boston Athenæum

with Jane Knoll

Throughout the nineteenth century, arsenic was used to create a brilliant but toxic green pigment, used widely in clothing, home goods—and book covers! Inspired by the Winterthur Poison Book Project, the Boston Athenæum's Conservation Lab has been investigating bindings in our collection that may contain arsenic. Join us to learn more about the history of arsenic in bindings and how we identify, handle, and store them.

Jane Knoll is the current Driscoll Family Fellow in Book Conservation in the Boston Athenæum's Conservation Lab. She attended the North Bennet Street School's full-time bookbinding program and holds a BFA in creative writing and printmaking.

 

 

 
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