Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Zorn 1897
the sitter, Edward R. Bacon, New York (1897–d. 1915); his sister-in-law, Mrs. Walter Rathbone Bacon, New York (1915–d. 1919)
Paris. Salon. April 24–?, 1897, no. 1272 (as "Portrait de M. E.-R. B.").
Valencia. Centro del Carmen. "Retratos de La Belle Époque," April 5–June 26, 2011, no. 23.
CaixaForum Barcelona. "Retratos de La Belle Époque," July 19–October 9, 2011, no. 23.
James B. Townsend and W. Stanton Howard. Memorial Catalogue of Paintings By Old and Modern Masters Collected by Edward R. Bacon. New York, 1919, ill. (frontispiece).
Karl Asplund. Anders Zorn: His Life and Work. Ed. Geoffrey Holme. London, 1921, p. 44.
Hans Henrik Brummer. Till ögats fröjd och nationens förgyllning: Anders Zorn. Stockholm, 1994, pp. 203, 299, 329 n.14, quotes a letter from the sitter to Zorn discussing the reception of his portrait and the portrait of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Walter Rathbone Bacon (MMA 17.204), at the 1897 Salon.
Sven Lidbeck. Anders Zorn Etchings. Stockholm, 2007, p. 154, under no. ZG 116, identifies it as the source for an etching by Zorn.
William Hagans and Willow Hagans. Zorn in America: A Swedish Impressionist of the Gilded Age. Chicago, 2009, p. 117, describes the sitter and portrait, translating a letter from the sitter to Zorn regarding its reception at the 1897 Salon; reproduces a related etching.
Zorn produced an etching after the portrait in 1897, illustrated in Karl Asplund, Zorn's Engraved Work: Descriptive Catalogue, Stockholm, vol. 1, 1920, p. 189, no. 116.