Provenance: Lefevre Gallery (Alex Reid and Lefevre Ltd.), London
Exhibitions: Edward Burra, Hayward Gallery, London and toured to Southampton Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum, Arts Council of Great Britain, Edward Burra, 1985, (cat. no.138 ii). Edward Burra, Stage and Cabaret, James Hyman Gallery, London, 21 January - 7 March 2003.
Hollywood Extravaganza is an Illustration for ABC of the Theatre, a book produced by the artist in collaboration with the poet Humbert Wolfe (and for which they received equal credit on the title page). Published by Dennis Cohen of the Cresset Press in 1932, the book contained twenty-four drawings by Burra, each one accompanied by a brief verse written by Wolfe.
This design, which accompanies the letter K in ABC of the Theatre, appears alongside Wolfe's lines: 'K is for Kokran, refusing a booking. Will you do it a gain, sir? My friend wasn't looking.' According to Causey, Kokran presumably refers to the producer C.B. Cochrane.