John Taylor. Sun (June 9, 1812) [see Ref. Finberg 1939], mentions among Turner's new works "Saltash with the Water Ferry".
John Burnet and Peter Cunningham. Turner and His Works. London, 1852, pp. 58, 104, pl. 5, call it the companion to "The Mill".
John Ruskin. Letter to Francis McCracken. November 22, 1852, writes that "the Salt Ash is what the mind sees when it looks for poetry in humble actual life".
Tom Taylor. A Handbook to the Gallery of British Paintings in the Art Treasures Exhibition. London, 1857, p. 63, as "of the first period, painted probably between 1805 and 1810".
John Cassell's Art Treasures Exhibition: Containing Engravings of the Principal Masterpieces. London, , p. 97.
W. Bürger [Théophile Thoré]. Trésors d'art en Angleterre. Brussels, 1860, p. 425.
Walter Thornbury. The Life of J. M. W. Turner, R.A. London, 1862, vol. 1, p. 290; vol. 2, p. 402, as "merely a landing-place and shed . . . steeped in a Cuyp-like afternoon sunshine".
Walter Thornbury. The Life of J. M. W. Turner, R.A. New York, 1877, pp. 427–28.
Athenæum (February 7, 1885), calls it "Turner's famous picture of Saltash, a masterpiece of intense sunlight"; as the work engraved in "The Southern Coast".
Portfolio (February 1885), as "a study of buildings, wharfage, and boats on the Tamar, with rising river-bank . . . wrapped in gradations of soft haze".
Spectator (March 5, 1885), as "a tavern and some watermen, and a little pool of muddy water . . . and the result is as purely lovely as if the scene chosen had been amongst the orange groves of Sicily, or beneath the shadows of the Parthenon".
Charles W. Deschamps. Letter to Henry G. Marquand. November 22, 1886, offers it for £3,000, from the collection of Miss Miller and with the recommendation of Frederic Leighton.
"Louvre of Nations." New York Times (September 17, 1898), p. RBA618, dates it about 1813 and states that it was purchased by John Miller in 1851 for 300 guineas.
Arthur Hoeber. The Treasures of The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. New York, 1899, p. 70, as "Saltash".
Walter Armstrong. Turner. London, 1902, p. 228.
Masters in Art: Turner 3 (November 1902), p. 39.
W. L. Wyllie. J. M. W. Turner. London, 1905, p. 39.
P[ercy]. M[oore]. Turner. "Pictures of the English School in New York." Burlington Magazine 22 (February 1913), p. 270, pl. IIIG, describes its "suffused sunlight and exquisite placidity" and calls it "a landmark in English landscape art".
Harry Townend. J. M. W. Turner, 1775–1851. London, 1923, p. 35.
C. H. Collins Baker. British Painting. London, 1933, p. 287.
A. J. Finberg. The Life of J. M. W. Turner, R.A. Oxford, 1939, pp. 190–91, 474, no. 173, p. 510, no. 579, mentions it among five of six new works listed in the Sun that were evidently the outcome of Turner's 1811 tour in Devonshire and Cornwall, describing them as "devoid of classical . . . allusions, and . . . practically free from topographical interest".
Letters of Roger Fry. New York, 1972, vol. 1, p. 255 n. 1.
Andrew Wilton. Turner in the British Museum: Drawings and Watercolours. Exh. cat., British Museum. London, 1975, p. 63.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll. The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner. New Haven, 1977, vol. 1, pp. 76–77, 237, no. 121; vol. 2, pl. 109, point out that it cannot have been the companion to "Windmill and Lock", which was exhibited in 1810.
Jerrold Ziff. "Review of Butlin and Joll." Art Bulletin 62 (March 1980), p. 169, notes that there is a preliminary sketch, T. B. CXXIII, 62v.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll. The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner. rev. ed. New Haven, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 85–86, 262, no.121; vol. 2, pl. 125, describe Deschamps's letter, mention the drawing discovered by Ziff, and note that the picture had recently been cleaned and is on exhibition.
John Pope-Hennessy. "Roger Fry and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Oxford, China, and Italy: Writings in Honour of Sir Harold Acton on his Eightieth Birthday. London, 1984, p. 231.
Peter Bicknell and Helen Guiterman. "The Turner Collector: Elhanan Bicknell." Turner Studies: His Art & Epoch 1775–1851 7 (Summer 1987), p. 38.
James Hamilton. Turner: A Life. London, 1997, pp. 151–52.
Andrew Wilton. William Turner: Licht und Farbe. Exh. cat., Museum Folkwang, Essen. Cologne, 2001, pp. 140, 308, no. 70, ill. (color).
Evelyn Joll in The Oxford Companion to J. M. W. Turner. Oxford, 2001, pp. 24, 187.
Elizabeth A. Pergam. "From Manchester to Manhattan: The Transatlantic Art Trade After 1857." Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 87, no. 2 (2005), pp. 67–68, 87–88.
Nicola Moorby in J. M. W. Turner. Exh. cat., Washington National Gallery of Art. London, 2007, pp. 69, 254, no. 37, ill. (color).
Andrew Loukes in J. M. W. Turner. Exh. cat., Washington National Gallery of Art. London, 2007, pp. 75, 96.
Ian Warrell in J. M. W. Turner. Exh. cat., Washington National Gallery of Art. London, 2007, p. 82.
Franklin Kelly in J. M. W. Turner. Exh. cat., Washington National Gallery of Art. London, 2007, p. 242.
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 228–30, no. 112, ill. (color).