Louis Arrighi b.1836

Louis Arrighi 1836-1919

This portrait is identified on the back as ‘Grandpa Arrighi an Italian / Benedetto Louis Arrighi 1836-1919‘ in two different pens and styles of handwriting. It is signed by J. Campbell Harper of Leith (near Edinburgh, Scotland).

Louis Arrighi 1836-1919 (writing)

J Campbell Harper, Leith (photographer)

Louis Arrighi married Isabella Richardson in 1859 in Edinburgh, where they lived throughout their married life. Both Louis and Isabella are buried at Comely Bank Cemetery.

Searching the newspaper archives I came across an article in the Dundee Courier (Tuesday 16 December 1952) which mentions ‘Louis Arrighi, the young Italian who arrived in Scotland to seek his fortune‘. The article goes on to say that ‘he undertook work on the Wallace Monument at Causewayhead, Stirling, and the Wallace Statue, Aberdeen‘. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to confirm this claim, although the censuses do list his occupation as ornamental plasterer and, later, sculptor.

I have more Arrighi family portraits to share, and hope to discover more about Louis as I go along!

Louis Arrighi 1836-1919 (portrait)

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12 thoughts on “Louis Arrighi b.1836

  1. Vermont quarries and associated industries attracted many skilled workers from Italy in the 19th century. The Vermont Marble Company (founded 1880) became one of the largest producers in the world, supplying marble for the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington and other national monuments. Italian stonemasons made vital contributions to these projects. I look forward to learning more about the Arrighi family!

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    • Thank you for the information! I will dig a bit deeper as I go along (it could be that my online resources are too limited). Louis had a brother, Leopoldo, who was also a sculptor and moved to Scotland but that’s an avenue I haven’t explored yet. As always, I’ll go where the photographs take me! Thanks again 🙂

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  2. Out of curiosity, I did a quick search for Arrighi men working as stonemasons in the United States at the time (it tended to be a family business). I found one living in New York City in 1880, with an occupation of Plaster Figure Maker. His first name looks like either Falecio or Falecis (hard to read), born in 1838 in Italy. Could be a different family, of course.

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