Inventory of the estate of Joannes van Hove. 1676 [published in J. Denucé, "The Antwerp Art-Galleries: Inventories of the Art-Collections in Antwerp in the 16th and 17th Centuries," The Hague, 1932, p. 269], lists two pictures—an Emmaus and a kitchen scene—by Ryckaert, possibly this picture and MMA 71.12; notes that the Emmaus is located in the house of Jaspar Bouttats [probably the engraver Gaspar Bouttats].
F[ritz von]. Harck. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: Aus amerikanischen Galerien." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), p. 75.
Delphine Fitz Darby. "A Seventeenth-Century Flemish Painting in the Cleveland Museum." Art in America 28 (July 1940), p. 107, as "Stowage".
Walter A. Liedtke. "Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum—II: Van Dyck, Jordaens, Brouwer, and Others." Tableau 6 (February 15, 1984), pp. 32, 34.
Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 238–41; vol. 2, pl. 91, discusses the subject and symbolism of this picture in relation to "The Yard of the Inn at Emmaus" (MMA 71.12), which he identifies as its pendant; tentatively identifies the MMA works with two pictures listed in the inventory of the estate of Joannes van Hove [see Ref. Hove 1676].
Bernadette van Haute. David III Ryckaert: A Seventeenth-Century Flemish Painter of Peasant Scenes. Turnhout, Belgium, 1999, pp. 157, 165, 240 nn. 255–57, 260, p. 251 n. 435, p. 252 n. 444, no. B13, pl. 183, rejects Liedtke's [see Ref. 1984] identification of this and "The Yard of the Inn at Emmaus" (MMA 71.12) as pendants and as the works listed in the Hove inventory [see Ref. Hove 1676]; calls it instead a copy after Ryckaert's "Kitchen Still Life with Peasant Family" (no. A168; formerly Linköping, Östergötlands Länsmuseum), and states that the inclusion of cattle and a barking dog renders the attribution to Ryckaert uncertain; suggests a tentative attribution to Joos van Craesbeeck.
Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 197, 200, 245, appendix 1A no. 16, ill. p. 200 and fig. 34 (installation photograph).