W. Roberts. Pictures in the Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan at Princes Gate & Dover House, London. Vol. 2, Dutch & Flemish, French, Italian, Spanish. London, 1907, unpaginated.
Florence Ingersoll-Smouse. Pater. Paris, 1928, p. 39, no. 24, fig. 50, as the companion piece to the concert champêtre also in the Morgan collection (no. 19) and apparently dated 1734; lists as no. 140 a picture that seems to be the same as this one.
H. W. Williams, Jr. "A Concert Champêtre by Pater." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 32 (June 1937), pp. 148–51, ill., points out that the model for the man on the extreme left can be found in Watteau's "Récréation italienne".
Charles Sterling. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of French Paintings. Vol. 1, XV–XVIII Centuries. Cambridge, Mass., 1955, pp. 114–15, ill.
Charles Sterling in Sammlung Thyssen-Bornemisza. Castagnola, Switzerland, 1971, p. 308, under no. 246.
Jane Bowers. "New Light on the Development of the Transverse Flute between about 1650 and about 1770." Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 3 (1977), pp. 29, 31, fig. 23 (detail).
Four Guest Galleries from Paris and Paul Rosenberg & Co.: French Painting, 1600–1900. Exh. cat., Paul Rosenberg & Co. New York, 1982, p. 34.