lower center in plate: No. I / THE DEPARTURE; lower right in plate: J.J. Tissot / 1881 (corresponds to execution date of painting)
- A Discerning Eye: Prints and Drawings Given by Ruth B. Benedict, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, no. 65, as The Prodigal Son: The Departure.
- Beraldi 49.
- Tissot 1886, 63.
- Tissot: A Retrospective Exhibition, Providence-Toronto, 1968, 75.
- Wentworth, Michael Justin. James Tissot: Catalogue Raisonne of His Prints. Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1978.
- A Discerning Eye: Prints and Drawings Given by Ruth B. Benedict. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: no. 65.