Pears was one of the first eight artists employed by the Admiralty in December 1917 (see list at (27)). Charles ffoulkes wrote to him on 29 Oct 1917 regarding a proposed commission. When asked about terms, Pears suggested £25 per week, the amount he was currently earning, and he was also given 15/- per diem.
He was extremely enthusiastic about the post and quickly sent in a list of proposed subjects (7).
By January 1918 he was up in Edinburgh and sending back detailed reports of his activities.
The file includes numerous lists of works in progress and suggested subjects, requests for details of ships, discussion of expenses and materials. As so many works were discussed and acquired, individual works have not been mentioned or indexed here.
Initially his appointment was to terminate on 30 April 1918 but was repeatedly extended to 30 November. Up to, and after, that date Pears continued to propose subjects and offer works.
The file includes much discussion of arrangements for the 'Sea Power' exhibition, organised by the Museum at the Grosvenor Galleries, although Pears had to abandon these briefly to witness the handing over of the German ships in November 1918.
(160)-(163) also discussed Cecil King's employment.