Robert Walker in A Century of Artists: A Memorial of the Glasgow International Exhibition 1888. Glasgow, 1889, pp. 161–62, ill., lent by Sir Charles Tennant, Bart.
Henry Percy Horne. An Illustrated Catalogue of Engraved Portraits and Fancy Subjects Painted by Thomas Gainsborough, R.A., Published between 1760 and 1820, and by George Romney, Published between 1770 and 1830, with the Variations of the State of the Plates. London, 1891, p. 39, no. 26, records the engraving after the painting by John Dean, published in 1780.
Hilda Gamlin. George Romney and His Art. London, 1894, p. 94, ill. opp. p. 94, calls the design "semi-Greek, in accordance with Romney's taste".
C. Morland Agnew. Catalogue of the Pictures Forming the Collection of Sir Charles Tennant, Bart. [London], 1896, unpaginated, ill.
Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine 56 (June 1898), ill. p. 322.
Julia Frankau. "Lord Cheylesmore's Mezzotints." Connoisseur 2 (January 1902), pp. 4–6, ill. (Dean engraving).
Herbert Maxwell. George Romney. London, 1902, p. 175, no. 100.
John van Dyke and Timothy Cole. Old English Masters Engraved by Timothy Cole. New York, 1902, pp. 86–89.
George Paston. George Romney. London, 1903, p. 193.
William Martin Conway. Great Masters 1400–1800. London, 1903, unpaginated, part 19, ill.
Humphry Ward and W[illiam]. Roberts. Romney: A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Raisonné of his Works. London, 1904, vol. 1, pp. 49, 82–83, 85–86, ill. opp. p. 80; vol. 2, p. 44, list the sittings.
Ronald Sutherland Gower. George Romney. London, 1904, p. 115.
Walter Armstrong. Art in Great Britain and Ireland. London, 1909, p. 193 [American ed., New York, 1921].
Catalogue of Pictures in the Tennant Gallery. London, n.d. [1909?], pp. 31–32.
Arthur B. Chamberlain. George Romney. New York, 1910, pp. 297–98, reports that the portrait is said to have been bought in Paris by Lord Granville, who was the sitter's great-grandson.
The Masterpieces of Romney (1734–1802). London, 1910, ill. p. 13.
M. H. Spielmann. British Portrait Painting to the Opening of the Nineteenth Century. London, 1910, vol. 2, p. 16, pl. 71.
Julian Garner. "Ten English Paintings: A Group of Pictures from the Tennant-Glenconner Collection, Recently Brought to America." International Studio 80 (February 1925), pp. 404, 408, ill., quotes a letter about the sitter written by J. Pitcairn Campbell to Sir Charles Tennant on April 26, 1892 and attached to the back of the canvas.
Édouard Brandus. "La collection des tableaux anciens de M. Jules S. Bache, à New-York." La Renaissance 11 (May 1928), p. 184, ill. p. 198.
Walter Heil. "The Jules Bache Collection." Art News 27 (April 27, 1929), pp. 4, 29, ill.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of Jules S. Bache. New York, 1929, unpaginated, ill.
Esther Singleton. Old World Masters in New World Collections. New York, 1929, pp. 398–402, ill.
Royal Cortissoz. "The Jules S. Bache Collection." American Magazine of Art 21 (May 1930), ill. p. 244.
H. Isherwood Kay in Unknown Masterpieces in Public and Private Collections. Ed. Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Vol. 1, London, 1930, unpaginated, no. 99, ill.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. under revision. New York, 1937, unpaginated, no. 62, ill.
Harry B. Wehle. "The Bache Collection on Loan." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1 (June 1943), p. 290.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. rev. ed. New York, 1943, unpaginated, no. 62, ill.
An American Correspondent. "English Portraits in the Jules Bache Collection." Connoisseur 113 (March 1944), p. 54, ill.
Giulio R. Ansaldi. "Pittura neoclassica inglese: nota su George Romney." Friendship's Garland: Essays Presented to Mario Praz on His Seventieth Birthday. Ed. Vittorio Gabrieli. Rome, 1966, p. 44.
James Dugdale. "Sir Charles Tennant: The Story of a Victorian Collector." Connoisseur 178 (September 1971), pp. 6–7, 12, no. 5, ill.
John Hayes. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. Washington, 1992, p. 212.
Barry Maclean-Eltham. George Romney: Paintings in Public Collections. Kendal, England, 1996, p. 26.
Katharine Baetjer. "British Portraits in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 57 (Summer 1999), pp. 44–47, 66, ill. (color, overall and detail).
Margery Morgan. "Katherine Read: A Woman Painter in Romney's London." Transactions of the Romney Society 4 (1999), p. 17.
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, p. 236.
Alex Kidson. George Romney, 1734–1802. Exh. cat., Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. London, 2002, pp. 112–13, no. 54, ill. (color), notes that the composition is one of many adapted from the Weeping Dacia relief which Romney had drawn in Rome, records the payment (Huntington account book) on January 28, 1779: "Receiv'd of Lady Derby for her Ladyship's Picture half-length – 37.16 – Frame for do Ansell – 6.6 / £44.2".
Nadia Tscherny. "'Persons and Property': Romney's Society Portraiture." Those Delightful Regions of Imagination: Essays on George Romney. Ed. Alex Kidson. New Haven, 2002, p. 54.
Suzanne E. May. "'Sublime and Internal Reveries': George Romney and the Creation of an Eighteenth-Century History Painter." PhD diss., Liverpool John Moores University, 2007, vol. 1, p. 86; vol. 2, fig. 72.
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 122–24, 144, 212, no. 54, ill. (color).
Alex Kidson. George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings. New Haven, 2015, vol. 1, pp. 185–86, no. 366, ill. (color); vol. 2, p. 592; vol. 3, pp. 742, 859, relates a sheet with three sketches of a contemplative seated female (Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, England) to this portrait.