Cyrus W. Field. Letter to the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. May 5, 1892, offers his collection of objects commemorating the laying of the Atlantic cable, including this painting, to the MMA.
Henry M[artyn]. Field. The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph. New York, 1892, ill. opp. p. 366, as "Watching for the Reply from Ireland".
Daniel Huntington. Letter to General Luigi Palma di Cesnola. May 3, 1892, strongly recommends the accession of this series (92.10.42-47), noting that it represents "one of the important events of our times".
A. Hyatt Mayor and Josephine L. Allen in Life in America. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1939, pp. 156–58, no. 207, ill., identify Cyrus W. Field as the tall figure silhouetted against the window.
Josephine C. Dobkin. "The Laying of the Atlantic Cable: Paintings, Watercolors, and Commemorative Objects Given to the Metropolitan Museum by Cyrus W. Field." Metropolitan Museum Journal 41 (2006), pp. 155, 157, 159, 167, Appendix no. 5, notes that this is the fifth picture in the series, showing Field and his team aboard the ship on September 1, 1866, awaiting a signal from Ireland; identifies the scientist William Thomson, Captain James Anderson, Samuel Morse, and the engineer Samuel Canning among the figures.