An English snuffbox, the lid finely painted by Samuel Raven with a scene of two young women lying naked asleep on a bed, a cupid in the window aiming his arrow. Signed in green script to the painting, lower circumference 'S. Raven'. English circa 1820. dia: 4 in x 13/16 in
Samuel Raven was a painter who worked in Birmingham and specialized in painting such miniatures to decorate small boxes made in papier-mâché. At first he had worked for a manufacturer of papier-mâché, but by the time he decorated this box he was buying in blanks, decorating them and selling them on his own account.
The source for this image is a miniature painting by Moses Haughton Jr. printed in 1820 by Robert W. Sievier.