Inventaire après décès. June 18, 1883 [published in Ref. Jamot and Wildenstein 1932, vol. 1, p. 108], as "Faure (esquisse)," under "études peintes," possibly this picture.
Étienne Moreau-Nélaton. Manuscrit de l'œuvre d'Édouard Manet, peinture et pastels. , unpaginated, no. 327 [Département des Estampes, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris].
Théodore Duret. "Les portraits peints par Manet et refusés par leurs modèles." La Renaissance no. 5 (July 1918), p. 152, remarks that Manet began the portrait Faure commissioned in 1882 many times, and that this picture might possibly be one of those attempts, but comments that the portrait was never completed.
Théodore Duret. Histoire d'Édouard Manet et de son œuvre. 4th ed. Paris, 1926, pp. 122–24, 300, supp. cat. no. 9.
A. Tabarant. Manet, histoire catalographique. Paris, 1931, p. 439, no. 413, considers this a fragment of an unfinished work, painted toward the end of 1882.
Paul Jamot and Georges Wildenstein. Manet. Paris, 1932, vol. 1, pp. 108, 181, no. 518; vol. 2, fig. 70, suggest that this is the sketch mentioned in the posthumous inventory of Manet's studio [see Ref. Manet 1883].
A. Tabarant. Manet et ses œuvres. 4th ed. (1st. ed. 1942). Paris, 1947, pp. 463–64, 545, no. 441, fig. 441, lists it with works dated 1882–83; except for the sitter's open eyes, considers it identical to the unfinished three-quarter length portrait (RW389; whereabouts unknown).
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 3, XIX–XX Centuries. New York, 1967, pp. 52–53, ill.
Sandra Orienti in The Complete Paintings of Manet. New York, 1967, pp. 120–21, no. 414C, ill., dates it to late December 1882 or early January 1883.
Anthea Callen. "Jean-Baptiste Faure, 1830–1914: A Study of a Patron and Collector of the Impressionists and their Contemporaries." Master's thesis, University of Leicester, 1971, pp. 62–63, 299–300, claims that Faure commissioned his portrait from Manet in December 1881, not 1882, and that, although the final version was never completed, this study was given to Faure in 1883 after Manet's death; adds that this picture was probably lent to the exhibition at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune in 1928 by Jean and Pierre Faure, not Maurice [see Ref. Tabarant 1947], who died in 1915, and that they probably sold it to Bernheim after the exhibition.
John Rewald. "Should Hoving Be De-accessioned?" Art in America 61 (January–February 1973), p. 27.
Anthea Callen. "Faure and Manet." Gazette des beaux-arts 83 (March 1974), p. 168.
Denis Rouart and Daniel Wildenstein. Édouard Manet, catalogue raisonné. Paris, 1975, vol. 1, pp. 27, 288–89, no. 391, ill.