Devas was offered a portrait commission in January 1941. He hesitated to accept, suggesting that it might be offered instead to someone whose military service meant they were unable to paint (unfit for military service, Devas had no such problems). However the Committee were clear that they wanted his work. The commission, for 35 guineas, produced LD 929 (8). Devas was then recommended for a portrait of Lady Reading, although it came to nothing.
In August 1941, he was commissioned again (IWM:ART LD 1472) for 35 guineas (29). The picture was completed in October (37) and details of the subject are at (42ff). Another commission followed in June 1942, for 75 guineas (54) and another in November 1942 (59) (IWM:ART LD 2736). A portrait of Jean Knox was commissioned in May 1943 (67) but later cancelled. Another, of wounded men returned from the Mediterranean, was commissioned in September (73) for 75 guineas, but suspended at Devas's wish.
IWM:ART LD 3836 was purchased in March 1944 (86) for 25 guineas; details of the picture are at (92).
Two Admiralty portraits were commissioned in March 1944 and March 1945, (IWM:ART LD 5931 and LD 5932) for 50 guineas each. A further portrait, of Professor Sir James Chadwick, was commissioned in December 1945 but never completed due to Chadwick's absence overseas.
The file also includes correspondence with the various sitters regarding reproductions of their portraits and other matters.