"...I have had no thought of any creative writing; my only occupation has been to make a screen ... I have tried to include a poetic idea or a historical representation in each section and one could say that the whole effect is that of a great, variegated fairytale. Although I would rather have committed such a tale to paper with pen and ink than simply cut out pictures and juxtapose them to suit my train of thought." Hans Christian Andersen in a letter to Mimi Holstein, 17 March 1874
In the bedroom in front of his bed Hans Christian Andersen positioned his screen. The collages of the screen were done by him in the winter of 1873-74, when illness confined the writer to his flat in Nyhavn.