This picture shows the release of a Jacobite soldier, imprisoned by the English after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie's army at the battle of Culloden in 1746. The Jacobite's wife hands an order of release to the gaoler.Millais based the figure of the woman on his wife, Effie. He was very interested in female psychology and the woman's detached gaze suggests her quiet determination.


  • Title: The Order of Release 1746
  • Creator: Sir John Everett Millais
  • Date Created: Around 1852
  • Provenance: Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
  • Physical Dimensions: w737 x h1029 mm
  • Original Title: The Order of Release 1746
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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