Mark Brady. 19th Century Drawings & Oil Sketches. Exh. cat., W. M. Brady & Co., Inc. New York, 1993, unpaginated, above no. 27, recounts the recent discovery of a large group of oil sketches, of which this is one example, in the artist's former atelier at Magny-les-Hameaux, near Versailles.
Jennifer Tonkovich in The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 238–39, no. 111, ill. (color), suggests that the view may depict the Auvergne or Pyrénée regions.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. New York, 2011, p. 105, no. 10, ill. (color), calls it "Landscape with Distant Mountains".