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The Arsenic Label Poster

The Arsenic Label Poster

The Arsenic Label Poster

The Arsenic Label Poster

The Arsenic Label Poster

Arsenic Emerald green: It's a poisonous copper-acetoarsenite developed in an attempt to improve Scheele's green in 1808 and was commercially availble from 1814.

This became known in England as emerald green, and for a time it was the finest green pigment known, rapidly displacing Scheele's green.

It has a brilliant blue-green to green colour with fair hiding power.

Unfortunately, it is also chemically not stable and very poisonous and therefore was used just until ealry 1900s.

Because it was quite cheap to manufacture, emerald green was used not only as an artistís paint but as a household paint: it was widely used on patterned wallpaper.

This made damp rooms death traps, and in the 1860s the British Times newspaper expressed alarm about the possibility that young children were being killed by the deadly fumes emanating from their bedroom walls.

It was not just wallpapers that were dyed green with arsenic based emerald green, clothes were. A pair of green socks were found to be dangerous following a revelation that high levels of arsenic were discovered.

Medical reports of ill effects of arsenic green dresses abounded.

This poster is 22 inches wide by 17 inches high, generous black ink lushly printed on parchment stock.

Poison Bottle

PLEASE NOTE: This poster image was hand-drawn by Madame Talbot using nothing more than a vintage rapidograph pen and Dr. P. H. Martin's Bombay Black India ink on Cresent 201.6 Hot Press Medium Weight illustration board.

After completion, the image is hand-delivered to Ryan Gwinner Press in Portland, Oregon and printed on an offset printing press.

Absolutely no computers were used in the creation of this poster - from start to finish.

The copyright notice is on the website image only and not on the printed poster.

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