In December 1941, Frampton was offered a commission for two portraits, at 50 or 75 guineas each depending on size, one for the Ministry of Home Security and one for the Admiralty. Frampton was concerned about being called up but did accept the commission. There is lengthy correspondence about materials.
When the picture was seen by the Committee in May 1943, it was decided, given the size of the picture, to offer Frampton 150 guineas for it.
An Admiralty sitter had still not been found by Gleadowe for the second portrait by 1944 and the commission was cancelled in 1946.