B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "European Paintings in the Jesup Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 10 (May 1915), p. 88, ill. p. 93, as "Tottenham Church, a rather early painting by John Constable".
C. H. Collins Baker. British Painting. London, 1933, p. 277, as by Constable.
Michael Robbins. Middlesex. London, 1953, fig. 1 [see Ref. Rhyne 1978], as Tottenham Church from the north, by Constable, about 1830.
Carlos Peacock. John Constable: the Man and his Work. rev. ed. London, 1971, p. 142, pl. 19, as by Constable, and probably painted about 1800–1801.
Jonathan H. Mayne. Letter to John Walsh Jr. August 6, 1974, feels uneasy about the attribution to Constable, judging from the photograph.
Graham Reynolds. Letter to John Walsh Jr. September 3, 1974, shares Mayne's uneasiness [see Ref. Mayne 1974], also judging from the photograph, observing that if by Constable, it must be an early work, while the costume instead suggests a date of about 1830.
Leslie Parris. Letter to Katharine Baetjer. March 22, 1976, agrees with Reynolds that it would have to be an early work [see Ref. Reynolds 1974], noting that Constable was near Edmonton in 1796 and almost certainly at Tottenham in 1799.
Charles S. Rhyne. Letter to Lucy Oakley. October 10, 1978, states that "the general type is not unlike Constable, but it is no closer to [his style] than to a hundred other English painters".
Robert Hoozee. L'opera completa di Constable. Milan, 1979, pp. 88–89, no. 8, ill., dates the picture about 1800, calling it one of Constable's earliest works in oil, and remarks that the hesitant execution is somewhat similar to that of his first watercolors.
Charles S. Rhyne. "Constable Drawings and Watercolors in the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and The Yale Center for British Art: Part I. Authentic Works." Master Drawings 19 (Summer 1981), p. 139 n. 2, rejects Hoozee's attribution to Constable, noting that he must not have seen the original [see Ref. Hoozee 1979].
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 246–47, no. 118, ill. (color).