Lot 169
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JEAN BAPTISTE JACQUES AUGUSTIN | Portrait of Thomas Weld, later Cardinal Weld (1773-1837) and his daughter Mary Lucy, later Lady Clifford of Chudleigh (1799-1831)

Estimate
12,000 - 18,000 GBP
Sold
30,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • Jean Baptiste Jacques Augustin
  • Portrait of Thomas Weld, later Cardinal Weld (1773-1837) and his daughter Mary Lucy, later Lady Clifford of Chudleigh (1799-1831)
  • Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame;signed centre right: Augustin / a Paris / 1819.; together with a double portrait of Lucy Bridget Weld, née Clifford (d. 1815) and her daughter Mary Lucy

Provenance

The sitters' family by descent until;
Hugh, 13th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1916-1988);
his sale, London, Sotheby's, 8 July 1985, lot 119 (Augustin);
London, Sotheby's, 4 December 1985, lot 257 (English School)

Literature

Friesen (ed.), 2001, p. 397, pl. 30;
Du Pasquier, 2010, p. 117;
Pappe, 2015, p. 340, no. 986, p. 128, illust.

Catalogue Note

Thomas Weld, a Roman Catholic of great piety and charitableness, married Lucy Bridget second daughter of Thomas Clifford of Chudleigh in 1796. She died in 1815. On the marriage of his daughter Thomas renounced worldly wealth and was ordained a Priest and thereafter lived aboard. He was appointed Bishop of Amycla in 1826 and Cardinal in 1830.

His daughter Mary, married her cousin Hugh Charles Clifford, later 7th Lord Clifford, in 1818.  It is presumed that the young couple travelled to Paris in 1819 to visit Mary’s father, who was then living in France, and he commissioned Augustin to paint this miniature. Mary died in 1831 and was buried in the Church of St. Marchello from which her father took his title as Cardinal. This exceptional miniature is sold accompanied by the portrait of Mary and her mother, that Thomas Weld is holding in his hand.

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