Elizabeth Black of the Red Cross sketching somewhere in Europe/1944
In less than a year of getting the permission of Washington brass, Elizabeth Black drew nearly 1,000 charcoal portraits of Allied soldiers, sometimes a dozen in a day, traveling from England to Germany, visiting camps in six countries. At her suggestion, the camps held lotteries to determine who would sit for her, and she usually drew a crowd watching her work.
Along with her art supplies, she traveled with a notebook, asking her subjects to sign their portraits and write their hometown addresses. She filled two notebooks, and they serve as a record of her work and the war.