C. F. Joullain. Réflexions sur la peinture et la gravure . . . Metz, 1786, pp. 168–69, as "Le Lendemain des Noces," purchased, with "Accords flamands," by the comte de Merle at the Brunoy sale; states that the two were engraved by Lebas.
John Henry Druery. Notices of Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk, and its Environs. London, 1826, p. 79, as "A Wake," in the collection of Mrs. Penrice.
John Chambers. A General History of the County of Norfolk . . . Norwich, 1829, vol. 1, p. 305, as "A Wake," in the collection of Mrs. Penrice.
John Smith. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters. Vol. 3, London, 1831, pp. 277, 435, no. 57, states that it was sold for Fr 1,755 at the Verrue sale and Fr 11,000 at the Brunoy sale, but erroneously gives the latter sale date as 1777; catalogues a picture in the Bridgewater collection as its pendant in the Brunoy sale.
John Smith. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters. Vol. 9, Supplement. London, 1842, p. 421, no. 51, as in the collection of the Penryce family, Yarmouth.
Henry James. "The Metropolitan Museum's '1871 Purchase'." Atlantic Monthly (June 1872) [reprinted in John L. Sweeney, ed., "The Painter's Eye," London, 1956, pp. 59–60].
Margret Klinge. Letter to Walter Liedtke. October 10, 1980, dates it about 1660.
Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 256–57; vol. 2, pl. 97, views it as a good illustration of Teniers's development away from satirical commentary towards a more positive depiction of the pleasures of countryfolk.
Andrew W. Moore. Dutch and Flemish Painting in Norfolk. Exh. cat., Castle Museum, Norwich. London, 1988, pp. 115–16, no. 60, colorpl. xxii, gives addtional provenance information.
Margret Klinge. David Teniers the Younger: Paintings, Drawings. Exh. cat., Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp. Ghent, 1991, pp. 258–59, no. 88, ill. (color) [Flemish ed., 1991], dates it about 1660 or in the 1660s.
Introduction by Walter A. Liedtke in Flemish Paintings in America: A Survey of Early Netherlandish and Flemish Paintings in the Public Collections of North America. Antwerp, 1992, pp. 20, 371, no. 473, ill.
Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 172, 181, 183, 197, 199–200, 244–45, appendix 1A no. 10, ill. p. 199 and figs. 14, 31 (floor plan), 35 (installation photograph).
Walter Liedtke in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture européenne. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 2006, pp. 12–13, 106–8, no. 17, ill. (color) [Catalan ed., Barcelona, 2006, pp. 15–16, 60–63, no. 13, ill. (color, overall and details)].
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), p. 5.
Christopher White. The Later Flemish Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen. London, 2007, p. 343, under no. 109.