Wilhelm von Bode. Adriaen Brouwer, sein Leben und seine Werke. Berlin, 1924, p. 59, fig. 27, as by Brouwer.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 25.
Bryson Burroughs and Harry B. Wehle. "The Michael Friedsam Collection: Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27, section 2 (November 1932), p. 44, believe it is an early Brouwer.
Gerard Knuttel. Adriaen Brouwer: The Master and His Work. The Hague, 1962, pp. 105, 147, 186, fig. 61, as an early Brouwer; argues that it and "A Peasant Woman Picking Fleas off a Dog" (MMA 32.100.1) are not pendants.
Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 11–13; vol. 2, pl. 6, attributes this picture and its pendant, "A Peasant Woman Picking Fleas off a Dog" (MMA 32.100.1), to Brouwer; dates the pictures about 1626–27.
Walter Liedtke. "Toward a New Edition of Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Munuscula Amicorum: Contributions on Rubens and His Colleagues in Honour of Hans Vlieghe. 2, Turnhout, Belgium, 2006, p. 675.