was born at Antwerp, and learned of Eykens, a history- painter. He came to England in 1685, at the age of eighteen, 1 and was recommended to Sir Godfrey, for whom he painted draperies, and whom he quitted in 1712, and was employed in the same service by others ; but his chief business was in mending drawings and old pictures, in which he was very skilful. 2 Pieters and Bakker were both kind to Virtue in his youth, and gave him instructions, which he acknowledges with great gratitude. Pieters loved his bottle, and was improvident, and towards the end of his life was poor and gouty. He died in 1727, and was buried in the churchyard of St. Martin's.
one of the greatest masters that has appeared for painting flowers. They are not so exquisitely finished as Van Huy-____________________