A graduate of Yale College in 1804, Snowden became rector of St. Stephen's Parish in 1810, where he served for seven years. He then ministered to congregations in the Pineville, SC area. The influence of Malbone continued in the first miniatures Fraser did as a professional. In particular, the cross-hatched background relates to Malbone's treatment. In 1819 Fraser painted a portrait of Mr. Snowden for $50, as recorded in the Fraser account book.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984