Ken Tyler, who had recently opened Gemini, his print workshop on Melrose Avenue, approached Hockney in 1965 with the idea of creating a series of lithographs with a Los Angeles theme. Hockney's response was to create a ready-made art collection, 'pre-packaged for a Hollywood starlet' (Christopher Simon Sykes, David Hockney: The Biography, Century, London, 2011, p. 163).
'It's a kind of joke thing, a kind of home-made art collection with bits of everything in it, a nude, an abstract, a landscape and so on. I was working with a printer in Hollywood whose workshop was behind a framer's. He had all these marvellous frames in the window. I got interested in this trompe l'oeil thing - a picture of a thing with something else within something else' (artist's statement to LONDON LIFE, quoted in: David Hockney - Paintings, Prints and Drawings 1960-1970, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1970, p. 83).