Quite a number of people are finding this blog by searching for “portraits of handsome 17th century men,” and since I don’t wish to disappoint by not having an entry about this, here we are!
1. Arnold Joost von Keppel, Earl of Albemarle:
I find Arnold the most aesthetically pleasing of all the portraits I’ve ever seen from the Seventeenth Century. He was a truly beautiful man.
2. James Crofts, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch:
3. Prince Rupert of the Rhine. I posted this last night and woke up to find dozens of outraged (in a nice way!) women asking how I could not have included this well-known heartthrob. I’m sorry! I had brain slip! How I could possibly have omitted him from the first post, I cannot say, but here he is, in all his Stuart glory.
4. King James II, formerly James, Duke of York.
5. Sir Walter Ralegh.
6. Prince William II of Orange:
7. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester:
And if I’m really honest with myself, I’ll have to add this guy because I think he’s very attractive. You probably don’t, that’s why he’s on the bottom of my list:
8. King William III, stadtholder of the Dutch Republic.
For many more portraits of beautiful men and women from the 1600s, you can follow my “Sexy Stuarts” board at: http://pinterest.com/17thcenturylady/sexy-stuarts/