W[illiam]. Roberts. "Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan's Pictures: The Early English School, II." Connoisseur 16 (November 1906), p. 143, provides a biography of the sitter, dates the portrait about 1786–87, notes that it was purchased privately from a descendant, and mentions a stipple engraving after it by Eugene Tily published in 1904.
W[illiam]. Roberts in "English School." Pictures in the Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan at Princes Gate & Dover House, London. 1, London, 1907, unpaginated, ill. [This is a folio-size catalogue. There is a smaller edition which is exactly the same as this one, except that it includes no illustrations and is published as a single volume.], expands the sitter's biography and compares this portrait to Gainsborough's portrait of the Hon. Mrs. Watson, which was engraved by T. Park in 1788.
B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "A Loan Exhibition of Mr. Morgan's Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 8 (January 1913), p. 12 [reprinted as pamphlet, "Collection of Paintings Lent by J. Pierpont Morgan," at least 7 eds., p. 10].
Guide to the Loan Exhibition of the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1914, pp. 105–6.
Édouard Brandus. "La collection des tableaux anciens de M. Jules S. Bache, à New-York." La Renaissance 11 (May 1928), pp. 181, 184, ill. p. 197.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of Jules S. Bache. New York, 1929, unpaginated, ill.
Walter Heil. "The Jules Bache Collection." Art News 27 (April 27, 1929), p. 4.
August L. Mayer. "Die Sammlung Jules Bache in New-York." Pantheon 6 (December 1930), p. 542.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. under revision. New York, 1937, unpaginated, no. 56, ill.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. rev. ed. New York, 1943, unpaginated, no. 55, ill.
Harry B. Wehle. "The Bache Collection on Loan." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1 (June 1943), p. 290.
An American Correspondent. "English Portraits in the Jules Bache Collection." Connoisseur 113 (March 1944), p. 52.
E[llis]. K. Waterhouse. "Preliminary Check List of Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough." Walpole Society 33 (1953), p. 104, dates it to the 1780s, as the companion portrait to that of Major William Tennant (d. 1803) belonging to Sir Ian Forbes-Leith at Fyvie Castle.
Ellis Waterhouse. Gainsborough. London, 1958, p. 92, no. 658.
James Holloway. Treasures of Fyvie. Exh. cat., Scottish National Portrait Gallery. [Edinburgh], 1985, p. 45, under no. 12.
Jean Strouse. Morgan: American Financier. New York, 1999, pp. 489–90, as purchased for $150,000 from Charles Wertheimer, London, in the spring of 1902.
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 108–9, no. 48, ill. (color).