The Order to Release


I spent some time at the Tate Britain Gallery in London yesterday. There was one painting that really struck a chord with me. "The Order to Release" (1746) by John Millais. The scene is a Jacobite soldier being released by his wife who is resolutely staring away, making sure she gets her husband back. They have been waiting a long time. The child’s flower is partially crumbled on the ground and the child is now sleeping. The dog’s tongue is almost sandwiched between the hands of the couple.

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Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • glad you got to the tate… it is a regular haunt of mine… i can spend hours just enjoying the vastness of the Turner section… and always exit the place feeling privileged to live in a society where i can visit such treasure without charge and in such wonderful surroundings…

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