Ludovic Rodo Pissarro and Lionello Venturi. Camille Pissarro, son art—son œuvre. reprint ed. 1989. Paris, 1939, vol. 1, p. 214, no. 958; vol. 2, pl. 194, no. 958.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX–XX Centuries." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3, New York, 1967, p. 20, ill., note that it belongs to a series made in the fall of 1896 in Rouen when Pissarro was interested in studying one subject under changing conditions of weather and light, and that many were painted from his room at the Hôtel d'Angleterre on the Cours Boïeldieu.
Christopher Lloyd in Retrospective Camille Pissarro. Exh. cat., Isetan Museum of Art. [Tokyo], 1984, p. 137, under no. 54, identifies the scene as a view of the warehouses along the Quai de Salle, looking upriver away from the Pont Boieldieu, and lists other paintings from 1896 with the same view (PV 946, 957, 959–60, 965, 967–69).
Richard R. Brettell and Joachim Pissarro. The Impressionist and the City: Pissarro's Series Paintings. Exh. cat., Dallas Museum of Art. New Haven, 1992, pp. 4, 27, 209, no. 18, ill. (color), state that it was painted between January 21 and March 30, 1896; describe the work as depicting the Quai du Havre in the foreground, overlooking the left bank and the Quartier Saint-Sever, with the cropped building on the left being the docks; note that smoke and steam partly conceal the activity and that it is overcast.
Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts in Joachim Pissarro and Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts. Pissarro: Critical Catalogue of Paintings. Milan, 2005, vol. 1, pp. 380, 403, 412; vol. 3, pp. 708–9, 955, 958, no. 1123, ill. (color), calls it "The Seine at Rouen, Saint-Sever, Smoke;" dates it to Pissarro's second stay in Rouen, from January 20 to March 30, 1896.
Marie-Claude Coudert in A City for Impressionism: Monet, Pissarro, and Gauguin in Rouen. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Paris, 2010, pp. 292, 302–3, no. 80, ill. (color).