Yes, Holmes was the quintessence of the Victorian rationalism, “the most perfect and reasoning machine that the world had seen.”
That, America, is the quintessence of naturally occurring British-cute.
In recent years, Stoner entered a category of which it soon became the quintessence.
The actor is the quintessence of smooth, first as Remington Steele, then James Bond.
“Innocence is the quintessence of the snapshot,” Lisette Model would write.
That faculty is the quintessence of statesmanship, as it is of wisdom, and one we never see displayed by a radical government!
This part of your letter to me is a quintessence of richness.
A quintessence and distillation of peace and comradeship seemed to inhabit the soft gloam of its chancel.
The Spectator was the quintessence of gossip in an age of gossip and good conversation.
The good sense of Cephalas placed it among the epitaphs; for, in truth, it is the quintessence of the despair of the grave.
early 15c., in ancient and medieval philosophy, "pure essence, substance of which the heavenly bodies are composed," literally "fifth essence," from Middle French quinte essence (14c.), from Medieval Latin quinta essentia, from Latin quinta, fem. of quintus "fifth" (see quinque-) + essentia (see Parousia).
A loan-translation of Greek pempte ousia, the "ether" added by Aristotle to the four known elements (water, earth, fire, air) and said to permeate all things. Its extraction was one of the chief goals of alchemy. Sense of "purest essence" (of a situation, character, etc.) is first recorded 1580s.