Jessie M. King lived in Paris from 1910-14, where she ran an art school with her husband. Best-known for her distinctive line illustrations, King was a versatile artist who also produced designs for wallpaper and interiors. In 1913 she was asked to design a child's nursery for an exhibition of 'Art for Children' held at the Musée Galliera. Her final display closely resembled the design in this painting. It included a stained glass window, white furniture and a frieze around the middle of the walls illustrating the story of ‘The Frog Prince’, with bookshelves fitted above. Whilst living in Paris, King’s use of colour was influenced by the Russian Ballet and the popular craft of batik dying.