Dobson was invalided home from France in January 1917. By May 1918 some sketches had been submitted to the Committee, and Dobson was asked to develop them, although no firm commitment was made to purchase them.
However, a later letter stated that "it is felt that the characteristics of your style would be against the effective use of your artistic work for the purposes of propaganda" (11).
The possibility of a painting of the Barrage Balloon apron (IWM:ART 2001) was raised by Charles ffoulkes after a visit to the Thames estuary in August 1918, and Dobson was suggested to paint it. Dobson went to work with the Balloon Wing at Chingford.
Problems arose with this work because the somewhat conventionally-minded Air Force committee did not approve of the style. As a result, the idea for a second barrage apron picture from Dobson was dropped, to his disappointment: "I don't seem to have much luck with official work..." (48)
A further picture of a ration party was also declined by the committee.
The file also includes some reproduction requests.