Tretchikoff spent the last years of WWII (1942-1945) under house arrest in Djakarta where he had fled to from Singapore as conflict intensified in the region. During these years he became well known for his portraiture and supported himself with his art.
While resident here he became involved with Leonora, a local Eurasian woman, now known as Lenka.
Lenka and Tretchikoff were lovers but at the end of the war parted ways as Tretchikoff returned to his family who were now resident in South Africa.
These three works were gifted to Lenka and are possibly some of the oldest known works by Tretchikoff in existence.