The file begins with a letter from Muirhead Bone which mentions Burn, who worked at the Camouflage centre at Leamington Spa and wished to make a portrait of the chief there, Dr Stradling. This work was commissioned in October 1954 for 50 or 75 guineas depending on size (IWM:ART LD 3559). Burn also submitted another picture, which was declined. He was then offered another commission for some drawings of "experiments in human anatomy" (25) for a further twenty five guineas. There is extended correspondence about Burn's pay for the period of working on this commission (probably IWM:ART LD 4757 and 5047).
In 1955, Lady Stradling, widow of the subject of IWM:ART LD 3559, sent to the museum two works by Burn which she found among her husband's estate.