This picture employs a pyramidal arrangement of the figures to express the structure of the family. Thomas Bradshaw, a politician, is shown at the apex of the pyramid. His family is arranged below him. The two women are Bradshaw's wife, Elizabeth on the right, and, on the left, probably his sister. The two oldest sons are shown at the far left and right of the group. Their position in the composition serves to associate them both with the sheltered, feminine space of the family unit, and the outside world. The two youngest children are shown sheltered by the family.