This is a suggestively erotic drawing, more subtle than is typical for Eisenstein's erotic drawings probably because of the age of the boy to whom he dedicated the picture. Eisenstein drew a female elephant wearing earrings cavorting with a male crocodile. In the background is a palm tree, in the foreground a shore line. He dedicates his bold, fantastical red and blue pencil drawing to Duglas Aleaxandrov, son of Soviet film maker Gregori Aleksandrov. Duglas was named after American actor Douglas Fairbanks. Eisenstein traveled with Aleksandrov to the United States and to Mexico in 1928. In the lower right, he writes in Cyrillic, "To My Friend Dug 2.11.41." On verso of the drawing is part of a print which was cut to make this smaller 8.75 x 6 inch sheet on which Eisenstein crafted this sketch for his friend's son. Eisenstein is rare in any form and especially with film association.
Eisenstein drew this colorful sketch at the outset of war between Germany and the Soviet Union in 1941 . It was also the year “Nevsky” was rereleased to huge acclaim. Eisenstein and other artists were evacuated to Almaty (formerly Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan, and most stayed from 1941 to 1944.