Ralph Richardson. George Morland's Pictures: Their Present Possessors, with Details of the Collections. London, 1897, p. 74, publishes The "Bell" Inn, 20 x 26 in., signed but undated, with a description which matches the present picture, as one of a set of four belonging to George Salting; the others, all the same size and all signed, are Gipsy Encampment, dated 1789, Country Inn (The Grapes), dated 1790, and Cowherd and Milkmaid, dated 1792 (and engraved).
Bryson Burroughs. "The Collis P. Huntington Collection Comes to the Museum." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 20 (June 1925), pp. 142, 147, ill., as The Bell Inn by Morland.
Diane Perkins. E-mail. June 15, 2004, tentatively identifies two paintings by Morland from the group of four previously in the Salting collection now at Tate Britain: Roadside Inn (1790 NO2641 Bequeathed by Salting 1910) and Cowherd and Milkmaid (1792 NO2640 Bequeathed by Salting 1910); knows of no paintings of The Bell Inn of corresponding size other than the present work; mentions a 10 x 12 in. painting with the same title (location unknown) and a drawing of a related subject, Midday Rest at the Bell Inn (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 202–4, no. 101, ill. (color).