Coldstream was offered a commission in 1941 of a subject at his training centre in Farnham (3) but declined. In July 1941 he was offered a further, portrait, commission but, via Kenneth Clark, replied that this subject did not interest him as much as an anti-aircraft battery subject, which was duly commissioned, in August 1941, for 25 guineas. However, this picture was never completed.
The file contains little information about Coldstream's service as an official artist to the Middle Eastern forces for the War Office, nor his subsequent time in Italy, although he mentions his replacement there, Carel Weight (37).
After the end of the war, numerous possible portraits were discussed, although the only one commissioned (45) was IWM:ART LD 5774. Commissioned in October 1945 for 50/75 guineas for portrait/three-quarter length, it remained uncompleted in January 1947.
Other correspondence concerns post-war loans. There is little mention on this file of particular works.