In Evelyn’s time, a virtuoso was a gentleman connoisseur  who appreciated and collected fine art, literature and was often involved in the creation of fine gardens.

“- a gentleman connoisseur with a sensibility attuned to the wonders and not just the mechanics of the natural world. –

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Further reading

  • Wikipedia article on
  • The English Virtuoso in the Seventeenth Century: Part I by Walter E. Houghton, Jr.Journal of the History of Ideas
    Vol. 3, No. 1 (Jan., 1942), pp. 51-73


  • Wikipedia for text and portait.