Royal Cortissoz. "At the Museum. A Survey of the Conditions under the New Regime." New York Daily Tribune (April 22, 1906), questions the wisdom of Roger Fry's purchase of this picture.
C[harles]. J[ohn]. Holmes. "Three New Pictures for the Metropolitan Museum of New York." Burlington Magazine 8 (February 1906), pp. 350–51, pl. II, calls it a "brilliant study," possibly for Ulysses and the Sirens in the City Art Gallery, Manchester.
[Roger Fry?]. "Principal Accessions: January 20 to February 20, 1906." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1 (February 1906), p. 65, praises "Etty's characteristic brilliance of handling and fine feeling for the quality of paint".
P[ercy]. M[oore]. Turner. "Pictures of the English School in New York." Burlington Magazine 22 (February 1913), p. 275, admires the "happy grouping" and calls it "one of the most desirable examples a museum could hope to secure".
Connoisseur 78 (May 1927), ill. p. 53.
C. H. Collins Baker. British Painting. London, 1933, p. 278.
Dennis Farr. Paintings by William Etty. Exh. cat.London, 1955, p. 21, identifies it as a study for "Venus and her Satellites (The Toilet of Venus)", mentioning versions exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1835 (Museo de Arte de Ponce) and at the York Art Gallery.
Dennis Farr. William Etty. London, 1958, pp. 74, 154, 156, 206, no. 100a, pl. 57b, calls it a "very fine study".
Julius S. Held. Catalogue 1: Paintings of the European and American Schools. Ponce, 1965, p. 62.
Frederick Cummings and Allen Staley. Romantic Art in Britain: Paintings and Drawings 1760–1860. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Philadelphia, 1968, p. 231.
Denys Sutton, ed. Letters of Roger Fry. New York, 1972, vol. 1, pp. 25–26, finds it rather surprising that Fry recommended paintings by Etty and G. F. Watts.
Julius S. Held. Catalogue 1: Paintings of the European and American Schools. Ponce, 1984, p. 108.
Alex Kidson. Earlier British Paintings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery. [Liverpool], 1999, p. 69.
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 254–55, no. 122, ill. (color).
Heather Birchall et al. Museo de Arte de Ponce Collection Catalogue. Vol. 1, The British Collection. Ponce, 2012, p. 72 n. 1.