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Michael Angelo Rigby (fl. c.1822; d. before 1833)

Sculptor and carver born in London. His first names were chosen by his father, also a sculptor and carver, as a salute to this famous predecessor. Rigby relocated to Lancaster and worked from a studio in or near Atkinson’s Yard, Market Street. He married Ann Hutton at Overton in 1817. The Lancaster Gazette (23 March 1833) credits him with the plaster model for the statue of John of Gaunt over the gate of Lancaster Castle, carved by Claude Nimmo in 1822. No other works by Rigby are currently known.

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, p. 65; Lancaster Gazette: (i) 23 March 1833; (ii) 27 April 1889.

David A. Cross, 2017