F. Schmidt-Degener. Letter to Harry B. Wehle. November 16, 1931, judging from a photograph, tentatively attributes the picture to Eeckhout.
W. R. Valentiner. Rembrandt and His Pupils. Exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art. Raleigh, 1956, p. 117, no. 26, ill., mentions "a similar composition, signed and dated 1652, formerly in the collection of Langton R. Douglas, New York" (now Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass.).
R. Roy. "Studien zu Gerbrand van den Eeckhout." PhD diss., Universität Wien, 1972, p. 232, no. 141 [see Ref. Sumowski 1983–94], tentatively dates it to the mid-1650s.
Franklin W. Robinson. Dutch Life in the Golden Century. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fla. St. Petersburg, Fla., 1975, pp. 34–35, no. 21, ill., dates it to the early 1650s, but also notes that the costume of the man sitting at left indicates a date in the late 1650s.
Werner Sumowski. Drawings of the Rembrandt School. Ed. Walter L. Strauss. Vol. 4, New York, 1981, p. 1796, under no. 825x.
Werner Sumowski. Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler. Vol. 2, G. van den Eeckhout–I. de Joudreville. Landau/Pfalz, 1983–[94?], p. 747, no. 507, ill. p. 870, dates it about 1652–55.
Peter C. Sutton in Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1984, p. 201, fig. 2, under no. 43, relates it to the painting in Worcester.
Wayne E. Franits. Paragons of Virtue: Women and Domesticity in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art. Cambridge, 1993, pp. 44, 208 n. 89, fig. 29, interprets the gesture of the man sitting with his head in his hand as indicating melancholy caused by unrequited love.
Walter Liedtke in Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aspects of Connoisseurship. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, "Paintings, Drawings, and Prints: Art-Historical Perspectives."New York, , pp. 22, 145, under no. 47.
V[olker]. Manuth in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Vol. 32, Munich, 2002, pp. 234, 236.
Wayne Franits. Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting: Its Stylistic and Thematic Evolution. New Haven, 2004, pp. 179, 289 n. 23, fig. 163.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 185, 190–92, 360, no. 43, colorpl. 43; vol. 2, p. 844, calls it "entirely typical of Van den Eeckhout in the early 1650s".