Spencer was proposed by the Ministry of Information, after Epstein was dropped, to paint a large picture for the Memorial Hall. Muirhead Bone suggested that he should work on a religious subject; Spencer proposed a Balkans or Salonica location. (IWM:ART 2268).
For several months, there was confusion over Spencer's whereabouts, but he finally returned to England in December 1919. While he was home, leave was obtained to allow him to carry out his MoI commission. Spencer's father wrote to Lord Milner, Minister for War, asking for his release. There is also a letter from Henry Tonks to Yockney.
Subsequent correspondence discusses studio arrangements, Spencer's demobilisation, and attempts to trace a lost sketchbook which was believed to have been left in a bath-house in Smol, and without which Spencer found it difficult to recall his impressions of the Balkans. He appears to have suffered from a loss of motivation. A further couple of months had been added to his employment, for the purpose of completing a commission from Bone for some smaller works on Balkan subjects. However, Spencer asked to be released from this as he felt he had "lost the thread of my 'Balkanish' feelings" (83), as well as feeling the loss of his sketchbook.
The file includes a description of the subject matter of 'Travoys' (94) and an acquisition form (95). There is also correspondence about Spencer's service record, and those of his five brothers, including anecdotes about Spencer's inefficiency as a soldier (99).
Other correspondence relates to loans of the picture.
There are frequent references to Gilbert Spencer, and to Muirhead Bone, who was a strong advocate of Spencer's work, and correspondence with his father and his sister, Florence Image. There are also two letters from Edward Marsh.