"obituary of David Wilkie." Athenæum no. 711 (June 12, 1841), p. 459.
"British Institution." Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 52 (September 1842), p. 332.
Allan Cunningham. The Life of Sir David Wilkie. London, 1843, vol. 2, pp. 138, 141; vol. 3, p. 526, relates that the painting was commissioned by the earl of Essex and that Wilkie "put the finishing touches" to it before sending it to the 1825 Royal Academy; describes it as "a portrait of what he had seen in the north rather than a work of fancy".
The Wilkie Gallery. London, n.d. [1848–50], p. 82, ill. opp. p. 82 (engraving by G. A. Periam).
Mrs. Charles Heaton. The Great Works of Sir David Wilkie. London, 1868, pl. 20 (engraving by W. Finden).
John W. Mollett. Sir David Wilkie. London, 1881, p. 67, mentions that in addition to the earl of Essex's picture Wilkie painted a Highland Family for Sir George Beaumont.
Illustrated Catalogue of 100 Paintings of Old Masters . . . belonging to the Sedelmeyer Gallery. Paris, 1894, pp. 116–17, no. 100, ill., as "Highland Warrior returning from the Battle".
Edward Pinnington. Sir David Wilkie and the Scots School of Painters. Edinburgh, n.d. , pp. 107, 151, as "among the pictures upon which his [Wilkie's] fame most securely rests"; records the price the earl paid for it in 1825 as 350 guineas.
Ronald Sutherland Gower. Sir David Wilkie. London, 1902, pp. 93, 130, lists it among pictures that cannot be traced.
William Bayne. "Sir David Wilkie, R.A." The Makers of British Art. London, 1903, pp. 100, 220.
Francina Irwin. "Wilkie at the Cross Roads." Burlington Magazine 116 (April 1974), p. 216.
Catherine Hoover. "The Influence of David Wilkie's Prints on the Genre Paintings of William Sidney Mount." American Art Journal 13 (Summer 1981), pp. 32–33, notes that William Finden's engraving after it was published on July 17, 1845.
Elizabeth A. Pergam. "From Manchester to Manhattan: The Transatlantic Art Trade After 1857." Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 87, no. 2 (2005), pp. 87–88.
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 250–51, no. 120, ill. (color).