Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 186 (no. 444).
In Dante Gabriel Rossetti, F.G. Stephens described his impressions of Rossetti's father after meeting him in 1848. His words are evocative of this portrait: “To a youngster, such as I was then, he seemed much older than his years, and while seated reading at a table with two candles behind him and, because his sight was failing, with a wide shade over his eyes, he looked a very Rembrandt come to life” (p. 7).
See also the similar drawing made about the same time.