John Williamson Palmer. A Portfolio of Autograph Etchings. Boston, 1881, p. 17, reproduces the etching, stating that "since this plate was etched, expressly for this Portfolio, the artist has completed a small but charming painting of the same subject, for an art-gallery in New York".
Willard E. Misfeldt. The Albums of James Tissot. Bowling Green, Ohio, 1982, p. 10, fig. III-31, notes that this picture was based on a photograph.
Old Master and 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture. New York, , p. 22, ill. (color), identifies the sitters as Kathleen, Muriel, and Cecil George Newton, and Mary and Lilian Hervey.
Stair Sainty Matthiesen. Old Master and 19th Century Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. New York, 1983, p. 22, ill. (color).
Michael Wentworth. James Tissot. Oxford, 1984, pp. xiii, 151–53, colorpl. IV, notes that there is no record of its contemporary exhibition; reproduces a photograph of Kathleen Newton that served in part as a basis for this picture.
Harley Preston in James Tissot. Exh. cat., Barbican Art Gallery, London. Oxford, 1984, p. 95 n. 4, p. 126, under no. 132, p. 131, reproduces the etching after this picture; notes that the painting was probably a composite of photographs.
Christopher Wood. Tissot: The Life and Work of Jacques Joseph Tissot, 1836–1902. Boston, 1986, pp. 89, 157, fig. 86 (color).
Willard E. Misfeldt. J. J. Tissot: Prints from the Gotlieb Collection. Exh. cat., Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis. Alexandria, Va., 1991, p. 122, fig. 32, locates the setting as Tissot's garden, northwest of the house; identifies Kathleen [Newton] as the woman on the left side of the painting as well as the woman sewing on the ledge of the steps, with [her son] Cecil; identifies her daughter, Violet, reclining on the fur rug, and Lilian Hervey beneath the parasol.
Nancy Rose Marshall in Nancy Rose Marshall and Malcolm Warner. James Tissot: Victorian Life, Modern Love. Exh. cat., Yale Center for British Art, Yale University. New Haven, 1999, pp. 136, 199 n. 9.
Gary Tinterow and Asher Ethan Miller in The Wrightsman Pictures. New York, 2005, pp. 409–11, no. 117, ill. (color), note that this composition was known for a century through its etching before the painting surfaced in 1976; identify the children in the picture as Cecil George Newton and Muriel Mary Violet Newton; state that the woman sewing could be Kathleen Newton or her sister, Mary Hervey, and that the second girl could be either of Mary's daughters, Isabelle or Lilian; mention two etchings of about 1880–81, "'Garden-party' d'enfants" and "Sur l'herbe," that represent figural groupings that Tissot may have restaged and photographed in preparation for this picture.
Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2006–2007." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Fall 2007), p. 47, ill. (color).
R[ichard]. S[hone]. "Supplement: Acquisitions (2000–10) of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York." Burlington Magazine 152 (December 2010), p. 840, fig. V (color).