Rimmer was an artist and architectural historian - he published many books examining historic buildings, illustrating them himself. He published 'Pleasant Spots Around Oxford' in 1878, for which this is a prepatory sketch. The published engravings were done by Percy Roberts after Rimmer's sketches. Abingdon is a market town in Oxfordshire, historically the county town of Berkshire until the county boundary changes in 1974. It claims to be the oldest town in England. This view is across the river to St Helen's Church.