Guthrie wrote to Lord Macmillan, Minister for Information, in September 1939, offering his services for a scheme for official war arts. A year later, he wrote again, submitting examples of his work to the Committee. Guthrie was commissioned to record the activities of the Army school of Cookery, for 25 guineas, in January/February 1941. The drawings were submitted in May, and accepted by the Committee (IWM:ART LD 1158-1175). Guthrie asked for further commissions but none were granted. One letter refers to the possibility of Guthrie making portrait drawings for the Public Relations Department of the American Armed Forces (35).