This is a very pretty young man.
This, however, is an absolutely beautiful mature MAN. Talk about aging gracefully.
Observe that prominent brow, the line of his aquiline nose, the strong, stubble-covered chin and that beguiling bit of extra flesh beneath it.
Those amazing, expressive eyes, deep set and fringed in a pair of lashes any woman would envy, framed by bold masculine brows that remain blissfully unpruned.There is a slight crease between them as if he is lost in thought. The lines, the crow’s feet are visible, seemingly unretouched.
There is majesty here, and gravitas, and pensiveness. The face of a man who has lived and loved and felt deeply. And there is oh, so much masculine beauty.
Not a pretty boy. A beautiful man.
I can hardly bear to look away . . .
(lower photo edited from Robert Ascroft’s wonderful portrait collection of RA)