Sir W. Gilbey, Animal Painters of England, London, 1900, vol. II, p. 68, recording the painting in the possession of Arthur N. Gilbey, as 'a portrait in profile of Landseer playing a salmon under the direction of an old ghillie'.
W.S. Sparrow, Angling in British Art, London, 1923, pp. 66-68, 88, illustrated.
M. Hardie, Water-Colour Painting in Britain, London, 1968, vol. III, p. 50.
Maj. Gen. M. Lewis, John Frederick Lewis R.A. (1805-1876), Leigh-on-Sea, 1978, pp. 14, 63, no. 96.
R. Ormond, Sir Edwin Landseer, exh. cat., Philadelphia and London, 1981-2, p. 6, fig. 10.
T. Wilcox, The Triumph of Watercolour, London, 2005, p. 114, pl. 89.
London, Old Water-Colour Society, 1830, no. 95 as 'Piscator: Look you now you see him plain...bring hither the landing-net...a good one, sixteen inches long...', see Izaac Walton, The Compleat Angler'.
London, Dulwich Picture Gallery; and Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, The Triumph of Watercolour: The early years of the Royal Watercolour Society 1805-55, 2005, no. 89.