Elizabeth Siddal in a sketch for Ophelia

Ophelia by John Everett Millais, 1852

Extinct: Fowler's Solution.
"Well into the nineteenth century, many women
drank a concoction called Fowler's Solution, which
was really just dilute arsenic, to improve their
complexions. Dante Gabriel Rosetti's wife,
Elizabeth Siddal was a devoted swallower of
the stuff, and it almost certainly contributed
to her early death in 1862.*

*Overcome with grief, her husband buried her
with a sheaf of poems that he had failed to copy;
seven years later he thought better of the gesture,
had the grave dug up, and retrieved the poems,
which were published the following year."

At Home, by Bill Bryson


News from Nowhere and Reed Wilson