The Committee were made aware of Wright's work through the exhibition of firemen artists' work at the London Fire Brigade Headquarters in 1941, but the artist wished to submit other work. One of these further works was purchased, for 25 guineas, in March 1941 (LD 878), and another shortly afterwards, for 15 guineas (LD 910). In August that year, a third picture was purchase, for £20 (IWM:ART LD 1355), from the exhibition of firemen's pictures at the Royal Academy.
In February 1943, Wright was asked to make a picture of the Fire Training School (IWM:ART LD 3039), for 30 guineas (16). His form of particulars for the MoI is at (20). In June, he wrote to explain why he had not yet delivered the picture (21-2) but reported that it was ready.
In November 1948, it was found that LD 910 had been sent to Wright in error and never returned for distribution. Wright declared this to be "perhaps the best of my pictures done at that time" (26). The picture was found, damaged, and was to be repaired by the artist before return to the IWM. In October 1949, it had still not arrived.