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'Bagdad' is thought to be one of the decorations which Lewis is known to have made for one or more cupboards at his studio in Ossington Street, London in the late 1920s. The wood panel is composed of several strips joined together. The title may be connected with Lewis's story 'The Caliph's Design', published in 1919, which is set in Bagdad. Walter Michel has observed of this work: 'here the idols, architectures and gardens make up a structure clearly designed for humans, a city which is the preposterous Bagdad of The Caliph's Design'. The imagery, such as the spiral staircase, seems to be a development from abstract drawings which Lewis executed in the previous year.

September 2004