Hodgkin had been working in the Home Intelligence Division of the Ministry of Information, and proposed making some drawings of plants growing in London's bomb sites, enclosing photographs (not now present). Some originals were seen in March 1945, and as a result, he was offered a 35 guinea commission. Two pictures were delivered in July, and one was accepted, IWM:ART LD 5311 (20). There was some discussion about framing.
The remaining correspondence concerns Hodgkin's request to borrow the picture for an exhibition.