lower left: Amedee Van Loo. / 1764
Princess Anna Amalie of Prussia [1723-1787] (or possibly Princess Luise Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg [1722-1780]); by descent to Emperor Wilhelm II [1859-1941], great-great-great grandnephew of Anna Amalie (great-great-great grandson of Luise Amalie); (Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London); sold 1929 to Robert W. [d. 1935] and Florence Steuber Gaines Harkness [d. 1945] Schuette, New York; gift 1945 to NGA.
- Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900, no. 16.
- 18th Century French Art, Wildenstein's, New York, 1929
- French Painting and Sculpture of the XVIII Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1935-1936, no. 40, repro.
- Masterpieces of Art. European & American Paintings 1500-1900, New York World's Fair, 1940, no. 209, repro.
- Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2001-2002, no. 243, as The Camera Obscura.
- Wildenstein and Company. French XVIII Century Paintings. New York, 1948: 4
- Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 317, repro.
- Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 76.
- European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 67, repro.
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 198, repro.
- Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 334, no. 448, color repro.
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 417, repro.
- Conisbee, Philip, et al. French Paintings of the Fifteenth through the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2009: no. 89, 420-426, color repro.
- Calabrese, Omar. L'art du trompe-l'oeil. Translated from the Italian by Jean-Philippe Follet. Paris, 2010: 299, color fig. 227.