J. Smith, Catalogue Raisonné., etc., II, 1830, p. 198, no. 715, as Rubens, 'A finished study, painted with a rich impasto of colour'.
G. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, 1854, III, p. 23, as Rubens, 'Of wonderful charm of nature; painted with an admirable body in a delicate transparent golden tone'.
F.G. Stevens, On the Pictures at Cobham Hall: An Address Delivered in the Picture Gallery, 27 July, 1877, p. 6, as Rubens.
M. Rooses, L'Oeuvre de Rubens, 1890, IV, p. 99, as 'Deux enfants font des boulles de savon...Equisse d'une authenticité fort douteuse'.
M. Jaffé, 'A Vanitas by Van Dyck', Apollo, January 1979, pp. 38-41, pl. 1, as Van Dyck around 1617.
E. Larsen, The Paintings of Anthony van Dyck, 1988, II, pp. 425-6, no. A44, illustrated, as a studio replica.
London, British Institution, 1828, no. 115 (when lent by the Earl of Darnley).
Manchester, Catalogue of the Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, 1857, no. 540, as by Rubens (catalogued by George Scharf).