"New York's Educational Private Gallery." Arts and Decoration 5 (1914/15), pp. 253–54, ill. p. 239, reviews an exhibition at the Arden Gallery, New York, largely made up of pictures from the collection of Mrs. Chauncey J. Blair, and captions the illustration of our painting "'Contemporaneous Portrait of Francis I's' by Jester Friboulet [sic]".
H. B. W[ehle]. "The Michael Dreicer Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 17 (May 1922), p. 102, as by Corneille.
Charles Sterling. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of French Paintings. Vol. 1, XV–XVIII Centuries. Cambridge, Mass., 1955, pp. 39–40, ill., calls it "Manner of Corneille de Lyon" and notes that it could well be a copy of a lost painting by Corneille, made in his shop; believes the original, if by Corneille, was one of his early works, as the costume is from the 1530s and "the simulated shadows of the frame and the body are characteristic of that period".
Anne Dubois de Groër. Corneille de La Haye dit Corneille de Lyon. Paris, 1996, pp. 183–85, no. 82, ill., calls it "A Court Jester" and identifies the sitter as "maître Martin," who worked in the court of the dauphin, and for whom a costume was commissioned at Lyon in 1536 [see Notes]; finds the shape of the hat also appropriate for the year 1536; remarks that the jester's costume is very similar to that worn by young princes; considers the head very well painted and the features very animated, observing that although the sitter was a dwarf, the painter seems to have artificially shortened the length of the arms in order to allow the hands to appear in the portrait.