Cyrus W. Field. Letter to the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. May 5, 1892, offers his collection of objects commemorating the laying of the Atlantic cable, including this painting, to the MMA.
Daniel Huntington. Letter to General Luigi Palma di Cesnola. May 3, 1892, strongly recommends the accession of this series (92.10.42-47), noting that it represents "one of the important events of our times".
John and Blanche Leeper. "American Processional: History on Canvas." National Geographic Magazine 99 (February 1951), p. 180, ill. p. 207 (color).
Josephine C. Dobkin. "The Laying of the Atlantic Cable: Paintings, Watercolors, and Commemorative Objects Given to the Metropolitan Museum by Cyrus W. Field." Metropolitan Museum Journal 41 (2006), pp. 155, 157–58, 167, Appendix no. 2, notes that this is the second picture in the series, showing the splicing of the cable on the deck of the ship, the "Great Eastern," on July 13, 1866, with Field depicted in the left foreground.