B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "An Anonymous Gift." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 17 (March 1922), p. 55.
R. H. Wile[n]ski. French Painting. Boston, 1931, p. 224, dates it before 1855.
Gaston Delestre. Letter to Margaretta Salinger. March 10, 1962, doubts both the subject and the attribution, stating that the site depicted is not the Brook of the Black Well, and that it is painted by Cherubin Pata (1827–1899), a student and collaborator of Courbet.
Gaston Delestre. Letter to Margaretta Salinger. May 22, 1962, confirms that this picture does not depict the Brook of the Black Well, but rather a "paysage de composition"; now believes it more likely to have been painted by another student of Courbet, Marcel Ordinaire (1848–1896), perhaps in collaboration with Courbet, rather than by Pata.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, pp. 122–23, ill., date it about 1864–65.