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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