Sophia Antoinette Walker. "Fine Arts: The Painting Master in the Wolfe Collection." Independent 46 (August 2, 1894), p. 12.
"The Metropolitan Museum of Art—The French Painters." New York Times (May 22, 1895), p. 4.
Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 302, ill.
Gary A. Reynolds. Giovanni Boldini and Society Portraiture: 1880–1920. Exh. cat., Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University. New York, 1984, pp. 11–12, ill., compares Boldini's costume pictures to those of Meissonier and Fortuny, and notes that he painted them under contract for the dealer Goupil.
19th Century European Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors and Sculpture. Christie's, New York. November 1–2, 1995, p. 12, fig. 1, notes that this work is part of a series of small-scale paintings of eighteenth-century and Empire interiors commissioned by Goupil and other Parisian dealers, and that these paintings were the first works by the artist acquired by museums and dealers in the United States.
Rebecca A. Rabinow. "Catharine Lorillard Wolfe: The First Woman Benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum." Apollo 147 (March 1998), pp. 51, 54 n. 18, notes that Wolfe purchased this picture from Goupil & Co for $3,500. on November 13, 1873.
Bianca Doria. Giovanni Boldini: catalogo generale dagli archivi Boldini. Milan, 2000, vol. 1, colorpl. 50; vol. 2, unpaginated, no. 50, ill., calls it "Conversazione".
Piero Dini and Francesca Dini. Giovanni Boldini, 1842–1931: Catalogo ragionato. Vol. 3, Catalogo ragionato della pittura a olio con un'ampia selezione di pastelli e acquerelli. Turin, 2002, part 1, pp. 90–91, no. 144, ill.
Rossella Campana in Boldini. Ed. Francesca Dini et al. Exh. cat., Palazzo Zabarella, Padua. Venice, 2005, pp. 120–21, no. 31, ill. (color).