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Rat poison?[edit]

"It was once used to kill rats in Parisian sewers, hence the common name Paris Green."

Can anyone confirm this and provide a refference please? Thank you.-- 01:40, 8 October 2006 (UTC)


It was discoverd in 1800 by Austrian Ignaz von Mitis, hence it was called Mitis Green first. In 1814 industrial production was started by Wilhelm Sattler in the area of the Bavarian town of Schweinfurt, therefore it got the name Schweinfurt Green. Other synonyms like Emperor Green, Vienna Green or Mountain Green were probably an attempt to disguise the toxicity, nevertheless its use as a paint was banned in Germany from 1887 on.


Paris green paint is occasionally found still in houses (here in Britain). Some guidance on when its advisable to test for paris green pigment would be welcome. Tabby 12:33, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

Van Gogh and Paris Green[edit]

citations are needed because, althouth Paris Green may have contributed to the health problems of various artists, these same artists had other poisons to contend with as well. Van Gogh drank absynthe on a regular basis.--Bejjinks (talk) 01:32, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Also, unsourced comments such as
"An artist who recently produced his own oil paint with Paris Green obtained from a fireworks supplier suffered arsenic poisoning from vapors which emanated from the finished paint"
should be removed -- Komowkwa (talk) 00:54, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

some "banter" that was commented out cut to here[edit]

who caresOld pianos may contain this mixture, or either of its components.[citation needed]

sez who?: Paris Green was once a popular pigment for painting ships, because its toxicity prevented the accumulation of barnacles. It was also used to kill pests in cotton crops. The workers would put a mixture of paris green and lead arsenate in two burlap bags on a long stick and shake it over the plants. This practice was discontinued with the advent of DDT and other less toxic insecticides. Paris Green may still be found in limited use as an insecticide, primarily in the developing world.

anecdote:According to the book Wisconsin Death Trip, Paris Green was popularly used in domestic poisonings, especially by servants and children seeking freedom from the man or lady of the house.

trivia:On the television program Boardwalk Empire, the character Commodore Louis Kaestner is the victim of an attempt to murder him by poisoning him with Paris Green.

I didn't write the above, I just cut it from the page and pasted it here. It was all commented out, so non-content. Huw Powell (talk) 02:15, 20 August 2013 (UTC)


--Stone (talk) 10:03, 23 September 2013 (UTC)