William Cotton. A Catalogue of the Portraits Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Knt., P.R.A. London, 1857, p. 69, as Lady Smith and Children in the collection of Sir H. Smith, engraved by Bartolozzi in 1789.
Charles Robert Leslie and Tom Taylor. Life and Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds. London, 1865, vol. 2, pp. 500, 505, 512, as Lady Smyth [sic] and her Children, one of thirteen pictures sent to the Royal Academy in 1787; list Lady Smith and children among sitters in February 1787.
Edward Hamilton. The Engraved Works, of Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Engravings Made after His Paintings from 1755–1822. 2nd ed. (1st ed., London, 1874; repr., Amsterdam, 1973). London, 1884, pp. 132, 185, reports that it had been much damaged by damp by 1878, when it was sold, but was carefully restored ("One eye nearly gone; the glove on one hand had disappeared; the children in good preservation").
Illustrated Catalogue of the Second Hundred of Paintings by Old Masters . . . Belonging to the Sedelmeyer Gallery. Paris, 1895, p. 106, no. 89, ill. opp. p. 106.
Algernon Graves and William Vine Cronin. A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds P.R.A. Vol. 3, London, 1899, p. 909, record that they sat in February 1787 and that Sir Robert Smith made payments for the portrait in March and May 1787.
Walter Armstrong. Sir Joshua Reynolds, First President of the Royal Academy. London, 1900, p. 230.
Elsa D'Esterre-Keeling. Sir Joshua Reynolds P.R.A. London, 1902, p. 171.
A. L. Baldry. Sir Joshua Reynolds. London, , p. xxxii, pl. 62 (Bartolozzi engraving).
J. Kirby Grant. "Mrs. Collis P. Huntington's Collection." Connoisseur 20 (January 1908), pp. 3–4, as Lady de Smythe.
Bryson Burroughs. "The Collis P. Huntington Collection Comes to the Museum." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 20 (June 1925), p. 142, ill. p. 145.
H[arry]. B. Wehle. "Notes on Paintings in the Huntington Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 20 (July 1925), p. 178.
"Some of the Choicest Paintings in the Collis P. Huntington Collection at the Metropolitan Museum." Art News 23 (July 18, 1925), ill. p. 7.
Ellis K. Waterhouse. Reynolds. London, 1941, pp. 78, 97, pl. 272.
Millia Davenport. The Book of Costume. New York, 1948, vol. 2, p. 780, no. 2199, ill. (cropped).
Malcolm Cormack. "The Ledgers of Sir Joshua Reynolds." Walpole Society 42 (1970), pp. 163–64, records payments of £162.10.0 in March 1787 for this portrait and "likenesse for a fancy Child," and in May 1787 £152.10.0 for the portrait.
Renate Prochno. Joshua Reynolds. Weinheim, 1990, p. 98, fig. 70.
David Mannings and Martin Postle. Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings (The Subject Pictures catalogued by Martin Postle). New Haven, 2000, vol. 1, pp. 417–18, no. 1635; vol. 2, colorpl. 124, fig. 1519, provide additional biographical information and list appointments on February 22, 24, and 27, March 2, 7, 13, 21, and 28, and April 10, 13, and 18, 1787.
Shelley M. Bennett in British Paintings at the Huntington. [San Marino, Calif.], 2001, pp. 2–3, fig. 3.
Ian McIntyre. Joshua Reynolds: The Life and Times of the First President of the Royal Academy. London, 2003, p. 462.
Katharine Baetjer in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture européenne. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 2006, pp. 17–18 [Catalan ed., Barcelona, 2006, p. 18].
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), pp. 22–23, fig. 21 (Huntington library photograph).
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 80–82, no. 34, ill. (color).
Mark Hallett. Reynolds: Portraiture in Action. New Haven, 2014, pp. 383, 412–13, 465 n. 90, fig. 400 (color), reproduces (fig. 402) Ramberg's engraving of the Royal Academy exhibition of 1787 showing the placement of this painting.