VIBRANT paintings by David Webb, inspired by the work of Wiltshire-loving poet Edward Thomas, are on display at the Richard Jefferies Museum.

Thomas, a much-loved poet who died 100 years ago in the First World War, was an admirer of Richard Jefferies and wrote a biography of the Swindon writer in 1909.

Painted in oil, the pictures are all related to the poetry of Edward Thomas and the landscapes which were part of his life.

“The response to the work has been fantastic,” said Mike Pringle, director of the museum.

“The paintings are very impressionistic. It is to easy stand and look at them – they are beautiful and soft and enveloping.”

Mr Webb has around 20 paintings on display in the exhibition, which has run alongside the Poetry Swindon Festival and will continue until October 29.

He is based in Sussex, and his nephew, Chris Webb, who lives in Swindon and had been helping the museum develop its database, connected the artist with the museum.