Drawings and Paintings by Artists of Norfolk and Suffolk in the Collection of J[ohn]. P[ostle]. H[eseltine]. London, 1914, unpaginated, no. 2, ill., as "Hampstead Heath"; records the inscription "in the painter's handwriting" formerly visible on the canvas.
Robert Hoozee. L'opera completa di Constable. Milan, 1979, p. 125, no. 380, ill., dates it about 1820–23.
Graham Reynolds. The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable. New Haven, 1984, vol. 1, p. 110, no. 22.45; vol. 2, pl. 303a, as "Hampstead Heath"; catalogues it among works dated 1822.
Julian Agnew. Agnew's Millenium Exhibition. Exh. cat., Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. London, 2000, unpaginated, no. 37, ill. (color), based on comparison with "Hampstead Heath, with pond and bathers" (1821; private collection; Ref. Reynolds 1984, no. 21.40), suggests that the work may have been painted in 1822 or in the priro year; observes that, as many such studies are executed on paper, the canvas support suggests the possibility that this is a more "considered" work.
Cara Dufour Denison in The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 178–79, no. 81, ill. (color).
Yukitaka Kohari in Plein-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1850. Exh. cat., Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. Shizuoka, 2004, pp. 156–57, no. 82, ill. (color), states that Charles Constable gave it to Heseltine.
Asher E. Miller in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2008–2010." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 68 (Fall 2010), pp. 47–49, ill. (color).
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. New York, 2011, p. 110, no. 27, ill. (color), calls it "Hampstead Heath with Bathers" and dates it about 1821–22.
Ann Hoenigswald. "Manipulating Paint: The Shorthand of Plein-Air Technique." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. New York, 2011, p. 14.
John House. "Impressionism and the Open-Air Oil Sketch." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. New York, 2011, p. 88.