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Prunus persica (Peach) - Carlos von Riefel - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Prunus persica (Peach) - Carlos von Riefel - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

Carlos von Riefel or Carlos Riefel aka Karlos von Riefel was an Austrian botanical artist specialising in fruit and flower painting

He studied at the Vienna Academy of Arts. His meticulous paintings remain popular poster subjects.

His illustrations appeared in publications such as The Rhododendron, A Folio of Fruit and Flowers and Blooms from Mountain Country and Heath

The peach (Prunus persica) is a tree native to the region of Northwest China between the Tarim Basin and the north slopes of the Kunlun Shan mountains, where it was first domesticated and cultivated.

The specific epithet persica refers to its widespread cultivation in Persia. The Ancient Romans referred to the peach as malum persicum "Persian apple", later becoming French pêche, hence the English "peach".

The peach was brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, and eventually made it to England and France in the 17th century, where it was a prized and expensive treat. The horticulturist George Minifie supposedly brought the first peaches from England to its North American colonies in the early 17th century, planting them at his Estate of Buckland in Virginia.

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