The initial papers on this file relate to a gift to the Imperial War Museum of a complete set of the 'Britain's Efforts and Ideals' lithograph series, sent by Derrick, who worked for the Ministry of Information. However, Derrick was also keen to be taken on as an official artist. IWM:ART 2323 is the result of this commission. The original idea was colonial troops disembarking; Derrick thought originally of Australian troops for the reason of their distinctive uniforms.
The file discusses permit arrangements, problems over money and salary, and research involving access to photographs of American troops. In addition, because of Derrick's previous work at the Ministry, many other administrative matters are discussed - for example, a Connard sketch, submitted for a cover of 'War Pictorial', which Derrick did not like and which has been lost.
Derrick subsequently went to Cologne to carry out a commission for the Canadian government. In 1925, another work by Derrick was offered to the Museum - 'Cologne: the Guards Crossing the Rhine', probably the result of this trip to Cologne, but the Museum declined due to lack of funds.