George Paston. George Romney. London, 1903, p. 192, as engraved by H. Greenhead.
Humphry Ward and W[illiam]. Roberts. Romney: A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Raisonné of his Works. London, 1904, vol. 1, pp. 111, 119; vol. 2, p. 32, record sittings on April 23, 25, and 30, and May 5, 9 [as Mrs. Cook], and 12, 1787, and on May 12 and 16, and June 1 [as Mrs. Cook] and 3, 1789; note that Mr. Cooke paid in full, 50 gns., on April 26, 1791, and that the portrait was sent to Owston that day by the Doncaster waggon.
Arthur B. Chamberlain. George Romney. New York, 1910, p. 322.
Édouard Brandus. "La collection des tableaux anciens de M. Jules S. Bache, à New-York." La Renaissance 11 (May 1928), pp. 184, 186.
Walter Heil. "The Jules Bache Collection." Art News 27 (April 27, 1929), pp. 4, 23, ill.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of Jules S. Bache. New York, 1929, unpaginated, ill.
August L. Mayer. "Die Sammlung Jules Bache in New-York." Pantheon 6 (December 1930), p. 542.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. under revision. New York, 1937, unpaginated, no. 61, ill.
Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941, unpaginated, no. 293, ill., as from the collection of J. [sic] Davies-Cooke.
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. rev. ed. New York, 1943, unpaginated, no. 61, ill.
An American Correspondent. "English Portraits in the Jules Bache Collection." Connoisseur 113 (March 1944), pp. 54–55, ill.
John Steegman. A Survey of Portraits in Welsh Houses. Vol. 1, Houses in North Wales. Cardiff, 1957, p. 166, under no. 34, in the section on Gwysaney, under the entry for the portrait of Bryan Cooke by Romney, notes that the MMA picture was sold some years ago and replaced by a modern copy.
Barry Maclean-Eltham. George Romney: Paintings in Public Collections. Kendal, England, 1996, p. 23.
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 131–33, no. 59, ill. (color).
Alex Kidson. George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings. New Haven, 2015, vol. 1, p. 145, no. 281, ill. (color); vol. 3, p. 856, catalogues the copy made in 1927 when the MMA picture was sold from the Davies-Cooke collection as no. 281a and another version "known only from a photograph taken in a paintings store in the USA in 2001 by David Moore-Gwyn" as no. 281b.