Self-portrait pencil sketch by Dorothy Dunnett, date unknown, courtesy of the National Library of Scotland

At the outset of war, sixteen year-old Dorothy embarked on her career in civil service in the Scottish Office, working as a typist, thinking the job would afford her plenty of time for painting. She found some time for art, but mostly she found love, when she met her husband-to-be, Alastair, also working at the Scottish Office.