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. 341, as "Landing the Shore End at Heart's Content".
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".
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, 157–58, 167, Appendix no. 3, notes that this is the third picture in the series, showing the five ships which crossed the Atlantic landing in the village of Heart's Content in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland on July 27, 1866.