Arthur Hoeber. The Treasures of The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. New York, 1899, p. 82, ill. p. 85.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, pp. 175–76, ill.
Eric M. Zafran. Cavaliers and Cardinals: Nineteenth-Century French Anecdotal Paintings. Exh. cat., Taft Museum. Cincinnati, 1992, p. 32, no. 1, ill.
Richard Thomson. Edgar Degas: Waiting. Malibu, 1995, pp. 87–88, fig. 59 (color), compares this work to Degas's "Waiting" (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena), noting the similarity of their perspectival arrangements, sleeping figures, and the implications of life beyond the frame of the work; comments that in both works, the umbrellas inform our reading of the figures, suggesting open-ended narratives.
Gerald M. Ackerman. Charles Bargue, with the Collaboration of Jean-Léon Gérôme:Drawing Course. Exh. cat., Dahesh Museum of Art, New York. Paris, 2003, pp. 265, 292, no. 23, ill. (color)
, calls it Bargue's last painting of 1871; notes that the craquelure evident in this painting does not occur in Bargue's later work.