Malvern- based landscape painter Antony Bridge brings his collection of paintings depicting views from the Elgar route around Worcestershire to The Firs, Elgar’s Birthplace this summer.

Antony’s two passions, painting and cycling have inspired him to explore the newly re-launched Elgar Route, where he plans to capture the stunning views; Edward Elgar loved so much himself. Cycling the route on his Pashley or Brompton bike, from Elgar’s Birthplace, through the Malvern Hills and Upton upon Seven to Worcester, where he can see Worcester Cathedral, The Elgar Statue and much more.

Living on the Malvern Hills allows Antony easy access to beautiful surroundings, perfect for an en plein air painter. Capturing an initial sketch as inspiration, Antony completes his paintings back at his home studio, harking back to the processes of Edward Elgar himself. Immersing himself in the beautiful Malvern Hills and the countryside beyond, Antony and you too, can experience the same natural beauty as Elgar once did.

Antony is the official National Trust Artist in Residence at Croome, near Pershore, where he already displays a number of his paintings depicting the Capability Brown landscape, in contrast to Richard Wilson’s 1758 painting of the landscape. Many of Antony’s painting are on show at both Croome and The Firs, where they are available to purchase, with prices ranging from £295 to £895.

The Elgar Route, a 40 mile self-guided, sign-posted driving or cycling route around Worcestershire was re-launched in May. Along the route you can visit many famous landmarks associated with Elgar.

Whether you feel like walking, cycling or driving, you can experience as much or as little of The Elgar route and his life history as you would like. The route can be completed in a day or many days, where you can travel ‘off the beaten track’ to Whitley Court or even Spetchley Park Gardens.

Will you spot Antony on your travels?

Find out more about The Firs: Elgar’s Birthplace.

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