John Smith. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters. Vol. 4, London, 1833, pp. 125–26, no. 25, as "A Lady Singing &c."; gives provenance.
C[ornelis]. Hofstede de Groot. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. Ed. Edward G. Hawke. Vol. 5, London, 1913, p. 50, no. 135, as "A Lady Playing the Lute".
"The Benjamin Altman Bequest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 8 (November 1913), p. 236.
François Monod. "La Galerie Altman au Metropolitan Museum de New-York (2e article)." Gazette des beaux-arts, 5th ser., 8 (November 1923), p. 310, considers it a late work.
Connoisseur 77 (February 1927), ill. p. 117.
Handbook of the Benjamin Altman Collection. 2nd ed. New York, 1928, pp. 84–85, no. 45.
Margaret Breuning. "Metropolitan Re-Installs Its Treasures in Attractive Settings." Art Digest 18 (June 1, 1944), p. 6.
Eduard Plietzsch. Gerard ter Borch. Vienna, 1944, pp. 23–24, 53, fig. 87, compares the pose of the woman to that of a figure in Ter Borch's "Suitor's Visit" (National Gallery of Art, Washington).
Sturla J. Gudlaugsson. "De datering van de schilderijen van Gerard ter Borch." Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (1948–49), p. 248 n. 1, p. 263, no. 87, dates it about 1658.
S[turla]. J. Gudlaugsson. Gerard ter Borch. The Hague, 1959–60, vol. 1, pp. 113, 297, pl. 140; vol. 2, pp. 148–50, no. 140, dates it 1658–59 at the latest, suggesting it is a later work than "The Suitor's Visit" (see Plietzsch 1944); observes that the composition depends on an older formula, exemplified by a work of the Cologne painter J. Hulsman (Suermont Museum, Aachen, about 1640); believes the drawing in the British Museum to be a copy after the painting, used for the Ter Borch studio; calls a related painting attributed to Ter Borch (Gemäldegalerie, Dresden) a pastiche probably by Netscher; lists two copies after the work.
Franklin W. Robinson. "Gabriel Metsu, 1629–1667." PhD diss., Harvard University, 1970, p. 82.
Barbara Scott. "The Marquis de Marigny: A Dispenser of Royal Patronage." Apollo 97 (January 1973), pp. 28, 30, fig. 6, as owned by Marigny and later by Calonne.
John Walsh Jr. "Vermeer." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 31 (Summer 1973), unpaginated, fig. 34.
Christopher Brown. Images of a Golden Past: Dutch Genre Painting of the 17th Century. New York, 1984, p. 137, ill. p. 120.
Peter C. Sutton. A Guide to Dutch Art in America. Grand Rapids, Mich., 1986, pp. 187–88.
Walter Liedtke. "Dutch Paintings in America: The Collectors and Their Ideals." Great Dutch Paintings from America. Exh. cat., Mauritshuis, The Hague. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1990, pp. 48–49, fig. 36, tentatively identifies it among the pictures seen in a photograph of Benjamin Altman's art gallery.
Neil MacLaren revised and expanded by Christopher Brown in The Dutch School, 1600–1900. 2nd ed. London, 1991, vol. 1, p. 42, under no. 5847, comments that Ter Borch includes the same fireplace in "An Officer Dictating a Letter While a Trumpeter Waits" (National Gallery, London) and "Woman Sewing by a Cradle" (Nienhuys collection, Aerdenhout), as well as including a similar fireplace in other works.
Sylvia Jäkel-Scheglmann. Zum Lobe der Frauen: Untersuchungen zum Bild der Frau in der niederländischen Genremalerei des 17. Jahrhunderts. Munich, 1994, p. 99, fig. 102.
Hajo Düchting. Jan Vermeer van Delft im Spiegel seiner Zeit. Erlangen, 1996, pp. 57–58, ill.
Marjorie E. Wieseman. Caspar Netscher and Late Seventeenth-century Dutch Painting. Doornspijk, The Netherlands, 2002, p. 352, under no. C71, records a "pastiche copy" in the Baroda Picture Gallery in India.
Marjorie E. Wieseman in Gerard ter Borch. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, 2004, pp. 174, 176, fig. 1, under no. 48.
Andreas Rüfenacht in Johannes Vermeer: "Bei der Kupplerin". Ed. Uta Neidhardt and Marlies Giebe. Exh. cat., Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Dresden, 2004, p. 90.
Adriaan Waiboer in Senses and Sins: Dutch Painters of Daily Life in the Seventeenth Century. Ed. Jeroen Giltaij. Exh. cat., Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany, 2004, p. 216, fig. 1.
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), pp. 31–32, 70, fig. 32 (Altman gallery photograph).
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 67, 70–74, no. 15, colorpl. 15, fig. 14 (color detail); vol. 2, p. 871.