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.