1. Cadwalader's posture and gaze signify a change from portrait conventions of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century: he leans toward his wife and he interacts with his child.
2. The father offers the child a peach, perhaps intended as a symbol of nourishment and nurturance.
3. Anne looks like a child and not like a little adult, which was typical in portraits earlier in the century. She is an active presence in the scene.
4. Elizabeth Lloyd gazes lovingly at her husband. The painting includes the entire family and this marks a shift from earlier conventions where artists depicted only husband, or husband and wife painted separately.