Harry B. Wehle. "The Exhibition of the H. O. Havemeyer Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 25 (March 1930), p. 55.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection: Catalogue of Paintings, Prints, Sculpture and Objects of Art. n.p., 1931, p. 185, ill. p. 187.
P[aul]. A[ndré]. Lemoisne. Degas et son œuvre. [reprint 1984]. Paris, [1946–49], vol. 2, pp. 193–94, no. 363, ill.
Louisine W. Havemeyer. Sixteen to Sixty: Memoirs of a Collector. New York, 1961, pp. 265–66, describes the acquisition through Mary Cassatt of two paintings ("Mme Théodore Gobillard" and "The Dancing Class"; MMA 29.100.45, 29.100.184) plus this drawing, which the sellers "add to the bargain".
Jean Sutherland Boggs. Portraits by Degas. Berkeley, 1962, p. 48, pl. 82, calls it "Young Woman on a Sofa" and notes that the sitter is anonymous.
Fiorella Minervino in L'opera completa di Degas. Milan, 1970, pp. 104–5, no. 389, ill.
Theodore Reff. "The Technical Aspects of Degas's Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal 4 (1971), p. 149, fig. 12, considers it an example of Degas's exploitation of "chromatic contrasts between media".
Theodore Reff. Degas, The Artist's Mind. [New York], 1976, pp. 280, 282, 337 n. 30, fig. 195 (color).
Ian Dunlop. Degas. New York, 1979, pl. 151.
Frances Weitzenhoffer. The Havemeyers: Impressionism Comes to America. New York, 1986, p. 231.
Michael Pantazzi in Degas. Exh. cat., Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. New York, 1988, p. 246, no. 140, ill. (color), asserts that this picture was probably not a study for a more finished work, based on the carefully rendered features of the woman and the absence of a related painting; suggests that it began as a pencil drawing on a sheet that was later added to along the bottom and sides, and continued with oil, essence, and ink.
Louisine W. Havemeyer. Sixteen to Sixty: Memoirs of a Collector. 3rd ed. [1st ed. 1930, repr. 1961]. New York, 1993, pp. 257, 265–66, 337 n. 376, pp. 339–40 n. 397.
Susan Alyson Stein in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, pp. 271, 285, colorpl. 268.
Gretchen Wold in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, pp. 328–29, no. A213, ill.
Jean Sutherland Boggs in Degas Portraits. Exh. cat., Kunsthaus Zürich. London, 1994, p. 92, calls it "Woman on a Divan".