Iodine scarlet

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A brilliant red compound composed of mercuric iodide. Iodine scarlet fades to yellow in sunlight and is highly toxic. It was manufactured and sold as a paint pigment for a few years at the beginning of the 19th century.

Synonyms and Related Terms

mercuric iodide; brilliant scarlet; pure scarlet; royal scarlet

Hazards and Safety

Highly toxic.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982