John Kerslake. Letter to Mrs. T. V. Nolan. June 5, 1959, doubts both the attribution to Hudson and the identification of the sitter as Handel.
Jacob Simon. Letter to Martha J. Hamilton. June 3, 1979, rejects the attribution to Hudson and the identification of the sitter as Handel; suggests that it is closer in style to the work of Highmore.
Elizabeth Einberg. Letter to Katharine Baetjer. December 14, 2007, suggests an attribution to John Theodore (Dirck) Heins Sr (1697–1756) and a date of about 1725–30.
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 47–48, no. 20, ill. (color), dates it about 1735 based on comparison with a costume plate by Louis Philippe Boitard after Dandridge, published in 1737 (fig. 33).