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. Blenheim Palace is a stately home in Oxfordshire. It is the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. It is the only country house in England to be called a 'palace' which does not belong to the Royal Family or a bishop.