Watts's portrait of his friend Alexander Constantine Ionides, his wife Euterpe and their children, is an affectionate image of a young family. The two eldest boys sport Greek national costume – a proud reference to their Greek ancestry.
Miss Georgina Treherne, whom Watts nicknamed 'Bambina', shows the spirited young woman resting and singing at the artist's London studio in Little Holland House. Georgina later eloped and was disowned by her family.
Villa Petraia is an informal and fresh landscape study of the Medici villa outside Florence where Watts spent his honeymoon in 1844–5.