green paint drips on terracotta

The last colour for my Autumn Colour week is green. There are many different origins of green pigments used in early paints. Scheele Green was discovered by mistake in 1775 when Carl Scheele was experimenting with arsenic. Napoleon, it has been discovered, may quite probably have died of arsenic poisoning because he had wallpaper printed with Scheele Green and gold fleur de lis, and he lived in a damp environment. The mould reacting to the arsenic content would have made the whole atmosphere poisonous! It’s like Murder She Wrote!

homegrown runner beans

Malachite was another early green mineral which the Ancient Egyptians used as eyeshadow amongst other things. They believed it help shield the eyes from the bright sunlight – like Ancient Egyptian sunglasses!!

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