The artist Robert Henderson Blyth joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1941 and served in Europe throughout the Second World War. He carried a lamp in his pack, which, when fitted with a special bulb, allowed him to paint during the hours of darkness. This picture was painted at the end of the war and shows a soldier, who appears to be the artist himself, having a quiet smoke. Behind him, a colleague is either asleep or dead. Far from being a celebration of victory, this is an image of a world devastated by war.