HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN - WIT, ARTIST, TRAVELLER

As a child, Hans Andersen made puppet costumes and later in life sketched, produced collages and paper-cuts of swans, ballet dancers, court ladies and other folklore figures, which are exquisite and magical. As a sharp observer of life in Copenhagen, he said of his stories “Every character is taken from life; I know and have known them all”. He was thrilled by the scientific discoveries of his day, putting them into some of his 156 published stories. Karin shows slices of Andersen’s works and illustrations of his stories by artists including Arthur Rackham, Edmond Dulac, Lars Bo and Kai Nielsen, Christen Kobke and other Danish artists.


Karin Fernald is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists connected with the arts from the mid c18- c19. Extensive research bring her lectures to life, which she illustrates with images of contemporary pictures and portraits from varied sources.