arsenic green


Senior Member
Dear all
Can you please describe "arsenic green" in the following context, taken from "The Three Soldiers" by Dos Passos:
The candle light lit up the men's flushed faces and the crude banana yellows and arsenic greens of the canvases along the walls, against which jars full of paint brushes cast blurred shadows.
  • SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Would it be a color, as described here:
    ‘Arsenic Green’ is not an easy colour to describe but for many years it was the very green which, according to John Lloyd and the late Douglas Adams was “supposed to make you feel comfortable in hospitals, industrious in schools and uneasy in police stations” (from The Meaning of Liff, 1983). I’m not entirely sure it is even called arsenic green – but that is what I call it (and so do a company called Farrow & Ball it seems – actually check out their paint colour names, they have one called Dead Salmon too).
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