Jean-François Méjanès et al. Pierre-Charles Trémoliéres (Cholet, 1703–Paris, 1739). Exh. cat., Musée Municipal de Cholet. Paris, 1973, pp. 67–68, 86, remarks that allegorical images of Tragedy and Comedy were relatively new—not having been introduced in Cesare Ripa's "Iconologie," published in France in 1644, 1677, 1681, and 1693—and believes Trémolière's paintings are innovative; illustrates his larger painting of "Comedy" (signed but undated) and of "Tragedy" (dated 1736), both in the museum in Cholet, and reproduces a drawing for the head of Comedy (Nationalmuseum, Stockholm); mentions a smaller version of Comedy, "apparently a sketch" for the picture in Cholet, that was in the Conti sale in 1777.
Yvonne Hackenbroch and James Parker The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection: A Selective Presentation. New York, 1975, no. 30, suggests these might be the first representations in French painting of subjects that would become very popular.
Per Bjurström. French Drawings: Eighteenth Century. Stockholm, 1982, unpaginated (under no. 1217), ill.
Per Bjurström. The Art of Drawing in France, 1400–1900: Drawings from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Exh. cat., The Drawing Center. New York, 1987, p. 144, under no. 92.