John Romney. Memoirs of the Life and Works of George Romney. London, 1830, pp. 178–79, observes that in 1781 Romney "painted a three-quarters portrait of the beautiful Emily Bertie for Mr. Pott, who took her with him to India, where they both died"; that he "also began a full-length of her in a recumbent posture, which was never finished" and that afterwards he gave the head to his pupil, Isaac Pocock; believes that Reynolds's Thais also represents Emily Bertie.
Hilda Gamlin. George Romney and His Art. London, 1894, p. 132.
Herbert Maxwell. George Romney. London, 1902, p. 96.
George Paston. George Romney. London, 1903, p. 191.
Humphry Ward and W[illiam]. Roberts. Romney: A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Raisonné of his Works. London, 1904, vol. 1, pp. 94–95; vol. 2, p. 11, note that Romney painted Emily Bertie (or Pott, or Coventry) in 1781; record appointments for sittings with a Mrs. Pott on February 25, March 3, 10, and 17, April 20, and May 8, 1781, and a payment of £21 in September 1783 from Mr. Pott, but suggest that the sittings probably apply to a portrait of Robert Pott's mother.
Arthur B. Chamberlain. George Romney. New York, 1910, p. 101.
"Current Art Notes: Ideal Homes." Connoisseur 85 (May 1930), p. 331.
H[erbert]. F[urst]. "Shorter Notices." Apollo 11 (May 1930), p. 398, ill. opp. p. 363, observes that after Robert Pott's death the portrait of Emily Bertie "was bought in India by a Danish gentleman and it remained in his family, in Denmark, until now".
Illustrated London News 176 (April 5, 1930), p. 569, ill. (color), as Emily Warren, Pott, Bertie, Coventry, lent by Spink to the Ideal Home Exhibition.
Barry Maclean-Eltham. George Romney: Paintings in Public Collections. Kendal, England, 1996, p. 48.
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 128–29, no. 57, ill. (color).