Auguste Renoir. Letters to Octave Maus. January 3, 4, [5–10], 1886 [published in Lionello Venturi, "Les archives de l'impressionnisme," Paris, 1939, vol. 2, pp. 227–29], lists it among paintings for the Brussels exhibition of 1886.
Théodore Duret. Manet and the French Impressionists. 2nd ed. [1st ed. 1910]. London, 1912, p. 178.
Madeleine Octave Maus. Trente années de lutte pour l'art: 1884–1914. Brussels, 1926, p. 43 n. 1, listed as a study of Margot among the works shown by Renoir at the 1886 exhibition of the XX in Brussels.
Josephine L. Allen. "Paintings by Renoir." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 32 (May 1937), p. 112, notes that Renoir painted her and her sisters numerous times.
Maurice Berard. Maitres du XIXe siècle: Renoir à Wargemont. Paris, 1938, unpaginated ill., as Marguerite.
S. Saunders. "Middle Men of Art." Vogue (March 15, 1938), p. 103, ill. (color).
Maurice Berard. "Maîtres du XIXe siècle: Renoir à Wargemont et la famille Berard." L'Amour de l'art 19 (1938), ill. p. 319.
James W. Lane. "Thirty-three Masterpieces in a Modern Collection: Mr. Stephen C. Clark's Paintings by American and European Masters." Art News Annual 37 (February 25, 1939), p. 133.
Alfred M. Frankfurter. Renoir, Centennial Loan Exhibition, 1841–1941. Exh. cat., Duveen Galleries. New York, 1941, pp. 49, 132–34, no. 27, ill., remarks that it is painted in the tradition of Clouet and Watteau.
Howard Devree. "Stephen C. Clarks Open Art Show at Home to Help Fresh Air Association of St. John." New York Times (April 2, 1948), p. 21.
A Collector's Taste: Selections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Clark. Exh. cat., M. Knoedler & Co. New York, 1954, unpaginated, no. 15, ill.
Maurice Berard. "Un diplomate ami de Renoir." Revue d'histoire diplomatique 70 (July–September 1956), p. 243, writes that Renoir observed the sitter in tears after a German lesson gone wrong, and wanted to console her by doing a portrait of her as a cheerful little girl.
"Ninety-first Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1960–1961." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 20 (October 1961), ill. p. 43.
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, pp. 152–53, ill., note that she was the youngest of the three daughters of Paul Berard, a French diplomat.
Margaretta M. Salinger. "Windows Open to Nature." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27 (Summer 1968), unpaginated, ill.
François Daulte. "Figures." Auguste Renoir: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. 1, Lausanne, 1971, unpaginated, no. 286, ill.
Barbara Ehrlich White. Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters. New York, 1984, p. 92, mentions it among the forty paintings, sixteen of which were portraits, that Renoir made for the Berard family between 1879 and 1885.
Colin B. Bailey in Colin B. Bailey. Renoir's Portraits: Impressions of an Age. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. New Haven, 1997, pp. 3, 170–71, 184, 301–2, no. 34, ill. (color), remarks that the white pinafore worn by Marguerite was what little girls wore for school lessons and domestic chores; notes that the costume is similar to that worn by her younger sister Lucie in Renoir's painting of her (private collection).
Sona Johnston and Susan Bollendorf in Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from American Collections. Exh. cat., Baltimore Museum of Art. New York, 1999, p. 152, under no. 57, ill. (color), notes that Margot's father commissioned it in the spring of 1879.
Sarah Lees in The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. Exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, Mass., 2006, pp. 315, 341, no. 342.
Gilbert T. Vincent and Sarah Lees in The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. Exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, Mass., 2006, fig. 112 (color installation photograph of Stephen Clark's townhouse).
Richard Rand in The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. Exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, Mass., 2006, p. 259, fig. 190 (color), relates the anecdote that it was painted moments after the sitter had fled from her German tutor in tears [see Ref. Berard 1956].
Susan Alyson Stein in The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 137, 252, no. 99, ill. (color and black and white).
Susan Alyson Stein in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 154, 298, no. 143, ill. (color and black and white).
Guy-Patrice Dauberville, and Michel Dauberville, with Camille Fremontier-Murphy. "1858–1881." Renoir: Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles. 1, Paris, 2007, p. 497, no. 503, ill.