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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Claude Nimmo (1790–1833)

Stonemason and carver. Born at Sorn, Ayrshire, he went on to become the ‘very clever workman’ (Lancaster Gazette) who carved the statue of John of Gaunt (1824) over the gate of Lancaster Castle from a plaster model made by Michael Angelo Rigby, also of the city. Hartwell and Pevsner have suggested that the statue of Justice (1818–21) at the castle’s Female Penitentiary may also be Nimmo’s work. He died at Lancaster in 1833.

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, p. 65; Lancaster Gazette, 23 March 1833; C. Hartwell and N. Pevsner, Lancashire: North (The Buildings of England), New Haven and London, 2010, p. 378; I. Roscoe et al, A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain 1660–1851, New Haven and London, 2009, p. 884; registers, Independent Chapel, High Street, Lancaster.

David A. Cross, 2017