Continuation of previous file, with Bawden's regular, detailed accounts of his activities, and, often, details of works. The first letter concerns the projected exhibition in Baghdad of some of his drawings. He discusses the anti-locust expedition which he is to join, after which he wants to return to the Muntafiq. In particular the letter at (6-22) includes a long list of drawings and details of their subjects, along with notes by Seton Lloyd regarding the various tribes concerned.
By February, Bawden was in Cairo en route for Jedda with the expedition. In the letter beginning at (31, in May 1944, he particularly describes the Embassy Public Relations "showboat" along the Tigris, with which he spent 6 days, and the attitudes of people in Baghdad to being painted. He then travelled once again to the Muntafiq and sent back detailed accounts of his time with the Marsh Arabs.
Over this time in the Middle East, Bawden refers frequently to an idea for a book of his photographs of the Middle East, with text and artwork, although this scheme appears to have come to nothing.
By August 1944, it had become clear that the projected trip to China was not to materialise, and Bawden was recalled to England. It was then decided to send him to Yugoslavia, via Rome, his contract commencing on 1 October. In the meantime, he worked, briefly, at Southampton, at the docks, but did not find the place inspiring for painting. After some delays, he finally went to Rome in November, where he found Ardizzone and Coldstream. It was virtually impossible to travel on to Yugoslavia, so Bawden remained in Italy and went to Ravenna, from where he described events in great detail, and later travelled to Greece, and to the Austrian frontier, before returning to Florence, where he met Coldstream and John Aldridge. He travelled back to Britain in July.
The remainder of the file relates primarily to financial and administrative matters, and post-war enquiries about Bawden's work.