Spencer was called to see the Committee in April 1941. He already had an idea for a picture of troops in a country lane (LD 442), which was commissioned for a fee of £50, and completed by September 1940. Spencer expressed his enthusiasm for further commissions, particularly on the subject of the Home Guard, of which he was a subsection leader (14).
However, no further commission was made until August 1941, when a portrait of John German was commissioned for 10 guineas (LD 1603). Spencer comments on German at (32-4). Again, he afterwards expressed his enthusiasm for further subjects, and comments on his brother Stanley's success "
but even so the dogs may eat of the crumbs. I daresay there are so many dogs under the table at the MoI who are like myself barking and wagging their tails
A Home Guard picture (IWM:ART LD 3329) was commissioned in December 1942. The initial price was to be 35 guineas but when Spencer asked to increase the size, the price was also increased. Whilst in Grasmere working on this picture, Spencer recommended a young student, Brill, at the RCA, evacuated to that town.
In Jun 1943, four portraits were commissioned, at 10 guineas each (LD 3596-9).
The portrait of John German was included in the book Air Raids' in the War Pictures by British Artists series, and at (75) Spencer writes to express his disapproval of Stephen Spender's introduction to this publication.
The possibility of purchasing Home Guard cartoons by Spencer, exhibited by the Artists International Association in March 1944, was discussed, but declined (79). The final correspondence on the file relates to Spencer's dissatisfaction that his Home Guard picture was not included in the National Gallery show in early 1944.