John Smith. "Supplement." A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters. 9, London, 1842, p. 528, no. 41, as in the collection of Edmund Higginson, and as imported to England from Copenhagen by a Mr. Chaplin.
C[ornelis]. Hofstede de Groot. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. 1, London, 1907, p. 324, no. 213, as in the collection of M. Kappel, Berlin; gives provenance information.
Wilhelm von Bode. Die Gemäldesammlung Marcus Kappel in Berlin. Berlin, 1914, p. 16, no. 16, ill.
Franklin W. Robinson. Gabriel Metsu (1629–1667): A Study of His Place in Dutch Genre Painting of the Golden Age. New York, 1974, pp. 28–29, 78 n. 48, fig. 30, as present whereabouts unknown; tentatively suggests that "Hunter in a Niche" (Mauritshuis, The Hague), dated 1661, may be a pendant.
Walter Liedtke in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1983–1984. New York, 1984, p. 57, ill.
Walter Liedtke in The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, pp. 92–94, no. 32, ill. (color), adds supporting evidence to Robinson's [see Ref. 1974] suggestion that this picture and the "Hunter in a Niche" in the Mauritshuis are pendants.
Eric Jan Sluijter in In Helder Licht: Abraham en Jacob van Strij, Hollandse Meesters van Landschap en Interieur omstreeks 1800. Exh. cat., Dordrechts Museum. Dordrecht, 2000, p. 122, fig. 179, erroneously states that its present location is unknown.
Adriaan Waiboer. Letter to Walter Liedtke. [Fall 2003], does not believe that this work and "A Hunstman" (Mauritshuis, The Hague) are pendants.
Wayne Franits. Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting: Its Stylistic and Thematic Evolution. New Haven, 2004, pp. 182–83, 290 n. 41, fig. 168 (color).
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 153, 438, 460–62, no. 117, colorpl. 117.
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), pp. 62, 66, fig. 75 (color, MMA Linsky gallery photograph).
Walter Liedtke. "The Milkmaid" by Johannes Vermeer. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2009, pp. 27–28, no. 4, colorpl. 4.
Karen Rosenberg. "A Humble Domestic Crosses the Sea." New York Times (September 11, 2009), p. C29.