Richard Cosway, portrait of Mrs Lowther

Richard Cosway, portrait of Mrs Lowther

Richard Cosway (1742-1821)
Portrait of Mrs Lowther
About 1780
Watercolour on ivory
Given by Mr W.A.J. Floersheim
Museum no. P.101-1931

Here the miniature is set into the lid of an ivory and gold snuff box, under glass. Snuff was powdered tobacco inhaled through the nose. Snuffboxes were very fashionable and often included miniatures.