F[ritz von]. Harck. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: Aus amerikanischen Galerien." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), p. 75, calls it an excellent picture by Brekelenkam.
Alfred von Wurzbach. Niederländisches Künstler-Lexikon. Vol. 1, Vienna, 1906, p. 181.
Peter C. Sutton in Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1984, p. 160, fig. 2, under no. 19, calls it the closest of numerous related compositions by Brekelenkam to "Man Spinning and Woman Scraping Carrots" (about 1653–54; John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art), which seems to depict both the same models and the same interior; notes that both the theme of spinning and the motif of the spiral staircase may have been inspired by works from the 1630s by Gerard Dou.
Peter C. Sutton. A Guide to Dutch Art in America. Grand Rapids, Mich., 1986, p. 187.
Angelika Lasius. Quiringh van Brekelenkam. Doornspijk, The Netherlands, 1992, pp. 30, 153–54, no. B30, includes it among works of uncertain attribution; notes the similar interior in other pictures by or attributed to Brekelenkam and suggests that the artist was inspired by Dou's "Tobit and Anna" (formerly De Boer Gallery, Amsterdam) [see Werner Sumowski, "Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler," vol. 1, 1983, p. 526, no. 247, ill. p. 544].
Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 170, 197, 205, 245, appendix 1A no. 79, ill.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 101–4, no. 23, colorpl. 23.