J. Knoef. "Jan Ekels de Jonge (1759–1793)." Oud-Holland 45 (1928), p. 51, fig. 1, as with the dealer Dr. Benedict & Co., Berlin; calls it "Smell" and dates it 1791; states that it belongs to a series of paintings depicting the five senses [see Notes].
J. Knoef. Tusschen rococo en romantiek: Een bundel kunsthistorische opstellen. The Hague, 1943, pp. 25–26, ill. p. 22.
Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson. The Artist and the Theatre. Melbourne, 1955, pp. 269–70, fig. 2, under no. 42, discuss and illustrate the four known pictures in the series, identifying the work in the National Theatre as "Taste" [see Notes]; state that the MMA painting and "Hearing", from the Waltfried sale in 1928, "are now believed to be in private collections on the Continent".
C. J. de Bruyn Kops. "Een portret van Egbert van Drielst, geschilderd door Jan Ekels de Jonge." Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum 16 (June 1968), pp. 63, 66 n. 10, p. 102.
M. L. Wurfbain et al. Catalogus van de Schilderijen en Tekeningen. Leiden, 1983, p. 129, under no. 88.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 193–96, no. 44, colorpl. 44, states that it was probably painted in 1791.