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