This wartime picture was made while Vaughan was serving in No. 9 Company of the Non-Combatant Corps in Malton, Yorkshire. For the first time, he found himself among like-minded people and became genuinely attached to fellow recruits. In gouaches such as Standing Male Nude he depicted his comrades and their daily existence under canvas or in the barrack room. Here a young soldier is, perhaps, dressing himself in some unspecified interior. An erotic charge suffuses the small, intensely worked image, which is not uncommon in the gouaches from this period. Vaughan’s working materials were confined to what he could squeeze into his knapsack and, as a consequence, many of his wartime pictures are small-scale and monochromatic. His entire ‘studio’ contents consisted of a few pots of ink, a couple of tubes of gouache and some pens and pencils. With these he was able to create extraordinary range of images and expressive textures. He was always cadging candles stumps from his companions, not so much to create light by which to work, but to help make wax-resists, which are in much evidence here, especially on the boy’s hair. It was a technique widely used by the Neo-Romantic painters and Vaughan learnt it directly from Graham Sutherland.