Perugini’s Italian origins and continental training may account for his elegant use of line and delicate colours. This is one of many Victorian half-length, idealised female figures. They show a mood or emotion by combining face, expression, dress, pose, and background. This type of Aesthetic painting was pioneered by Frederic Leighton. The mood here is one of tenderness, grace and quietness, considered essential female virtues at the time. The Aesthetic Movement encouraged artists to paint beautiful compositions like this rather than telling stories.