Sargent was approached to carry out work for the Ministry of Information's planned Memorial Hall. David Lloyd George also wrote to Sargent urging him to accept the commission. He accepted and arrangements were made for him to travel to France in early July, with Henry Tonks - there is a passport photograph of Sargent at (155).
While in France Sargent wrote to Yockney recommending Charles Sargeant Jagger for official employment.
The file includes discussion of the size of the projected work - originally to be 20' by 11', reduced to 20' by 9'. Sargent expressed concern at this size because of the difficulties of painting life-size figures. Muirhead Bone helped to persuade him of the value of the large size. There is also discussion of the change of subject, originally planned as a subject showing cooperative activities between British and American troops, but changed to 'Gassed' (IWM:ART 1460). At (32) is an extract from a letter from Tonks explaining how the subject matter was found.
There are papers relating to the acquisition of fifteen watercolours by Sargent, four of them purchased by the Muirhead Bone Fund, the remainder a gift from Sargent (IWM:ART 1606-1620), on condition that they would be hung together. At (58) is a list establishing the titles of these pictures, and at (47) a diagram of a hang for them.
'Gassed' was included in the Royal Academy exhibition of 1919, the only one of the 'superpictures' to be permitted to do so, on condition that it was not reproduced. The file includes a cutting showing visitors in front of the picture (45).
The remainder of the file relates to enquiries and requests for loans and reproductions, for example an enquiry regarding a sketch of the camouflaged gun at Vlamerdinghe, of which a photograph is included at (94), and loans to an exhibition of Sargent's work in Paris in 1923.