A series of portraits of generals and admirals was proposed in 1916, because of the lack of propaganda in this area in comparison with Germany. (See particularly (27), in which Sir Ernest Gowers justifies the proposal to the Treasury.)
Francis Dodd was appointed at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, Muirhead Bone, and on the same terms as him; namely, £500 per annum plus expenses. The process for arranging terms, conditions and facilities was slow, but Dodd travelled to France in February 1917. By 17 February he had carried out 7 drawings; by the 18 March he was on his 24th "victim".
After completing the army subjects in France, Dodd went on to paint a series of Generals of the Grand Fleet.
The file also covers arrangements with Hudson & Kearns for the publication of the volumes 'Generals of the British Army' and 'Admirals of the British Navy', published in 1917, and the apparently insatiable demand for copies of the portraits.
There are also comments about the works from subjects; for example, some requested changes to the portraits.