Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, p. 18, ill., as "Portrait of Bertel Thorvaldsen with the Bust of Vernet"; call it a replica of the original portrait (Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen); note that the plaster model for the bust of Vernet is also in the Thorvaldsen Museum and that the marble sculpture (1832) is in the Musée Calvet, Avignon.
John Walsh Jr. Portrait of the Artist. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1972, p. 14, no. 19, dates it 1835 or later; calls the double portrait of a painter and a sculptor unusual.
Jean Lacambre in The Age of Neo-Classicism. Exh. cat., Royal Academy. London, 1972, p. 164, no. 259, mentions Vernet's original conception for this portrait, known from a sketch in a private collection, depicting Thorvaldsen leaning on the model for his sculpture "Le Monument du Lion" (1819).
Georges Brunel in Horace Vernet (1789–1863). Exh. cat., Accademia di Francia a Roma. Rome, 1980, p. 89, under no. 64, calls it an autograph replica of the Copenhagen picture and mentions two copies, one in Rome and one in Marina di Carrara.
Neil MacGregor. "Paris: Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts." Burlington Magazine 122 (October 1980), p. 710, fig. 58.
Georges Bernier. Consulat-Empire-Restauration: Art in Early XIX Century France. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 1982, p. 124.
Bjarne Jørneas in Kasper Monrad. The Golden Age of Danish Painting. Exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art. New York, 1993, p. 56 n. 19.