Bertrand Talabardon and Bertrand Gautier. Le paysage français de Valenciennes à Bonington. Exh. cat., Talabardon & Gautier. Paris, 2002, unpaginated, no. 31, ill. (color), state that it is unlike any other work in Ricois' oeuvre and that it must date from his formative years before 1820; note that Valenciennes recommended such studies to his students and that Corot, Michallon, Huet, and the Barbizon painters all undertook the same subject.
Luigi Gallo in Le paysage français de Valenciennes à Bonington. Exh. cat., Talabardon & Gautier. Paris, 2002, unpaginated, discusses it as an example of a forest image from Fontainebleau, Compiègne, or Montmorency.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 140, no. 116, ill. (color), calls it "Study of the Roots of a Fallen Tree".