Catalogue of the Pictures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. 681 Fifth Avenue, in the City of New York. [New York], 1872, pp. 39–40, no. 91, as "Infidelity Found Out"; calls it "one of the most exceptional works of the artist, rivaling Watteau"; mistakenly states that it comes from the Chaplin and Piérard collections [see Ref. Baetjer 2004]; notes that it has a pendant in the collection of Constant Say, Paris.
Paul M. Ettesvold. The Eighteenth-Century Woman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1981, p. 52, dates it about 1765.
Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 172, 197, 206, 245, appendix 1A no. 91, ill. p. 206 and fig. 16, dates it to the third quarter of the eighteenth century.