Mary Cassatt. Letter to Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer. December 28,  [published in Nancy Mowll Mathews, ed., "Cassatt and Her Circle, Selected Letters," New York, 1984, p. 330), offers to sell Mrs. Havemeyer three works by Degas [this painting, a fan (29.100.555), and a pastel (29.100.41)] for $20,000.
"The H. O. Havemeyer Collection." Parnassus 2 (March 1930), p. 7.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection: Catalogue of Paintings, Prints, Sculpture and Objects of Art. n.p., 1931, p. 116, as "Buste de jeune femme".
P[aul]. A[ndré]. Lemoisne. Degas et son œuvre. [reprint 1984]. Paris, [1946–49], vol. 3, pp. 498–99, no. 861, ill., as "Portrait de jeune femme"; dates it about 1885 and calls it a replica of a pastel (formerly collection Dr. Edouard Mollard, Paris; present location unknown; L860).
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX–XX Centuries." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3, New York, 1967, pp. 83–84, ill., note that the unidentified sitter may also be represented in a pastel (about 1885; L860; sold Christie's, New York, May 7, 2003, no. 12) and an oil sketch (about 1875; L370; collection A. S. Henraux, Paris).
Fiorella Minervino in L'opera completa di Degas. Milan, 1970, pp. 115–16, no. 639, ill.
Charles S. Moffett. Degas: Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1979, pp. 7–9, colorpl. 11, notes that it was rapidly executed.
Frances Weitzenhoffer. The Havemeyers: Impressionism Comes to America. New York, 1986, p. 238.
Michael Pantazzi in Degas. Exh. cat., Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. New York, 1988, p. 324.
Louisine W. Havemeyer. Sixteen to Sixty: Memoirs of a Collector. 3rd ed. [1st ed. 1930, repr. 1961]. New York, 1993, pp. 257, 337 n. 376, p. 342 n. 429.
Susan Alyson Stein in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, pp. 273–74, 285.
Gretchen Wold in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, pp. 331, 335, no. A240, ill. p. 334.
Impressionist and Modern Art (Evening Sale). Christie's, New York. May 7, 2003, p. 36, under no. 12, fig. 1, identifies the woman as the same portrayed in the pastel (L860).