An Exhibition of Paintings by Fetti and Magnasco. Exh. cat., Artemis. London, 1977, unpaginated, no. 4, ill. in color (overall and detail on cover), suggests that it may have been painted in Milan in the early 1720s; adds that "The Gypsy Family" (formerly Sambon collection, Paris) may have been a pendant.
B[enedict]. N[icolson]. "Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions." Burlington Magazine 119 (December 1977), p. 873, notes that "the details of magpie and barrels is [sic] in the best tradition of North Italian genre".
Michael Hunt Stolbach. Spencer A. Samuels, Inaugural Exhibition: Master Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. Exh. cat., Spencer A. Samuels. New York, 1984, unpaginated, under no. 6.
Keith Christiansen in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1984–1985. New York, 1985, p. 26, ill., notes that Sebastiano Ricci based a painting (Musée Calvet, Avignon) on Magnasco's first version of this subject (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence), and that Ricci's work may have influenced the "blond palette and rich surface treatment" of the MMA picture, which would suggest a date of about 1707–8, when both Ricci and Magnasco were in Florence.
An Exhibition of Master Drawings. Exh. cat., Colnaghi. New York, 1992, unpaginated, under no. 35, mentions it in connection with a drawing of the same subject by Giuseppe Maria Crespi.
Laura Muti et al. Alessandro Magnasco. Faenza, 1994, pp. 226–27, no. 152, fig. 447, as formerly with a London art dealer; attribute the figures to Magnasco and the background to an unknown collaborator.