Killer wallpaper was indeed a feature of the Victorian era, due to some of the chemicals used in making it. And although the risks were fairly well known by 1900, a few toxic examples must still have survived in places, perhaps covering the interiors of such seedy establishments as the Hotel d’Alsace, where Wilde ended his days.

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