The painting was exhibited with lines from Tennyson's The Miller's Daughter:
Love is hurt with jar and fret,
Love is made with a vague regret,
Eyes with idle tears are set,
Idle habit links us yet;
What is love? For we Forget.
Ah no, one.
The model for this painting is Tryphena Ford, whom he married in 1855, the year this painting was completed.