detail from picture-book

"Hans Christian Andersen was versatile; he wrote fairy-tales, novels, plays, poems and - not least - travel books. But throughout his life he was deeply absorbed by other art forms such as music and the theatre (where as a young man he had hoped to make his career) and the visual arts. As the years passed, he became a talented and original practitioner in various areas of visual art: pencil drawings, (mainly imaginative), later pen-and-ink drawings  mostly of what he saw on his travels, paper-cuts (which became his speciality), and finally, a combination of all these in picture-books."

From the introductory essay by Erik Dal to 'Hans Christian Ørsted's Picture-Book', published by The Royal Library.