British gunner served with 5th Field Training Regt, Royal Artillery at Dover, GB, 1940; officer served as camouflage officer with Camouflage Command at Farnham and Bristol in GB, 1940-1943; official war artist in GB, Egypt and Italy, 1943-1945
REEL 1 Reflections on period as artist in GB prior to 1940: attitude towards First World War official war artist work; founding of Euston Road Art School. Aspects of enlistment and training with 5th Field Training Regt, Royal Artillery in GB, 1940: decision to enlist in British Army, 6/1940; posting to regiment; posting as camouflage officer with Royal Artillery to Barnard Castle. Aspects of appointment as official war artist in GB, 1943: background to appointment, 1943; degree of knowledge of War Artist Advisory Committee; work; reaction to appointment. Aspects of period as gunner with 5th Field Training Regt, Royal Artillery in Dover, GB, 1940: attitude towards army life; relations with unit members. Aspects of period as camouflage officer with Camouflage Command in Farnham and Bristol in GB, 1940-1943: joining command at Farnham; work camouflaging heavy anti-aircraft gun sites at Bristol. Aspects of period as official war artist in GB and Egypt, 1943-1944: painting General Wilheim Ritter von Thoma at Trent Park in GB, 1943; his portrait paining technique; journey from GB to Cairo, Egypt via Algiers, Algeria, 7/1943; painting Indian troops at 11 Indian Reinforcement Camp in Egypt.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of period as official war artist in Italy, 1944-1945: journey from Egypt to Capua; situation in Italy, early 1944; subjects painted in Capua; visit to Pisa; painting in Rimini; looting of works of art in Germans; meetings with artists Edward Ardizzone and Edward Bawden. Reflections of period as artist and official war artist: relations with War Artist Advisory Committee after war; lack of interest in war art; opinion of own paintings; work with GPO Film Unit during 1930s; making films; reasons for returning to painting.
REEL 3 Continues: relations with Italian civilians; comparison between landscape colours in Italy and GB; opinion that war had changed London; effects of war on English art; painting in Italy and Egypt.