Georges Riat. Gustave Courbet peintre. Paris, 1906, p. 336, calls it "Village de Villeneuve (ou Pont de Scey)".
Paintings by Gustave Courbet. Exh. cat., Paul Rosenberg & Co. New York, 1956, unpaginated, no. 2, ill., calls it "Landscape Near Ornans" and dates it about 1852.
Gaston Delestre. Gustave Courbet, 1819–1877. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Boston, 1960, pp. 77, 134, no. 46, ill., calls it "Le Pont de Scey (The Bridge at Scey)" and dates it about 1864; notes that Scey-en-Varais, a village on the banks of the Loue, where Courbet often painted, is a few miles from Ornans.
Robert Fernier. "Peintures, 1819–1865." La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet. 1, Lausanne, 1977, p. 226, no. 414, ill. p. 227, calls it "Pont de Scey" and dates it 1864; identifies the town of Ornans and its church in the background.
Hélène Toussaint. Gustave Courbet, 1819–1877. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. [London], 1978, pp. 97, 235, no. 23, ill. [French ed. 1977, pp. 106–7, no. 24, ill.], calls it "View of Ornans known as The Bridge of Scey"; identifies the village as Ornans, rather than Scey, based on its distinctive spire and the rocky cliff in the background known as the Roche du Mont; dates it about 1850, placing it slightly earlier than the sketch of "Young Ladies of the Village" (Leeds City Art Gallery).
Pierre Courthion. L'opera completa di Courbet. Milan, 1985, p. 95, no. 391, ill., dates it 1864.
Ann Dumas in Sarah Faunce and Linda Nochlin. Courbet Reconsidered. Exh. cat., Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, 1988, p. 125, no. 25, ill. (color)
, calls it "View of Ornans, also known as The Bridge of Scey," agreeing with the identification of Ornans on the Loue against the backdrop of the Roche du Mont; remarks that although the composition and style argue for an earlier date, the "broad handling and solid facture" suggest a date in the mid-1850s.
Susan Alyson Stein in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1995–1996." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 54 (Fall 1996), pp. 44–45, ill. (color), agrees with the mid-1850s date.
Jörg Zutter in Courbet: Artiste et promoteur de son œuvre. Exh. cat., Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Paris, 1998, pp. 11, 129, no. 11, colorpl. 116, includes this picture among the group of landscapes of Courbet's native countryside of Franche-Comté that he began in 1855.
Valérie Bajou. Courbet. Paris, 2003, pp. 240–41, ill. (color), calls it "Le Pont de Scey" or "La Vue d'Ornans" and dates it about 1850.