Jules Guiffrey in "Table des portraits exposés aux salons du dix-huitième siècle jusqu'en 1800." Nouvelles archives de l'art français (Revue de l'art français ancien et moderne), 3rd ser., 5 (1889), p. 35.
Denys Sutton. "Pleasure for the Aesthete." Apollo 90 (September 1969), p. 238, ill.
Everett Fahy in The Wrightsman Collection. Vol. 5, Paintings, Drawings. [New York], 1973, pp. 323–29, no. 33, ill. p. 325 (color), figs. 2, 4 (details), states that Foullon d'Écotier sat for Vestier in 1785, and notes that in June 1785 he was named Intendant de la Guadeloupe, and not Governor as stated in the 1965 Sotheby's catalogue (the Intendant administered taxes); suggests that an oval portrait with the same dimensions might be a companion piece (fig. 6).
Jean-Claude Sueur. Le portraitiste Antoine Vestier (1740–1824). Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1974, p. 52.
Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnée in The Eye of Th. Jefferson. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1976, p. 161, no. 260, ill., finds it stylistically close to portraits by Duplessis.
R. A. Cecil. "The Wrightsman Collection." Burlington Magazine 118 (July 1976), p. 518.
Katharine Baetjer in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1983–1984. New York, 1984, pp. 65–66, no. 6, ill.
Anne-Marie Passez. Antoine Vestier, 1740–1824. Paris, 1989, pp. 77, 142, 144, 170, no. 48, ill., describes the portrait identified by Fahy as Foullon d'Écotier's wife as "La Dame à la rose," of 1787; notes that our sitter met his future wife in 1788 and married her in 1792.
Paul Mitchell and Lynn Roberts. Frameworks: Form, Function & Ornament in European Portrait Frames. London, 1996, pp. 323–24, colorpl. 252 (in frame), describe the frame; call it original to the picture.
Everett Fahy in The Wrightsman Pictures. Ed. Everett Fahy. New York, 2005, pp. 244–47, no. 67, ill. (color).