The Abbey, Audley End

The Abbey, Audley End

Audley End, one of the most splendid Jacobean country houses in England, was built on the site of Walden Abbey, a Benedictine monastery seized by Henry VIII. Robins has chosen to depict one of the few remnants of the abbey. Although no visual reference is made to the house, viewers who knew it would certainly have appreciated the contrast between the magnificence of Audley End and the modesty of this low-lying brick building nestled among trees.