‘The grant you gave me in 2008 did so much to kick start what has proved to be a series of studies, publications, lectures, etc, that I feel I really ought to say that the whole of my research is down to the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund.’

– Catherine Phillips (Independent Art Historian, author of many studies of the history of Russian collecting, and Managing Editor of English-language collection catalogues of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia)

‘In 2004, I was awarded the Burlington Magazine Travel Scholarship, in association with the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund. It gave me the unique opportunity to spend over a month in Spain, as I was interested in researching the role of bronze-founders, metalworkers and goldsmiths working after Cosimo Fanzago’s designs for Don Manuel de Zuñiga, conde de Monterrey and his wife, doña Leonor Guzmán. Monterrey’s patronage of artists working in Naples had been a subject of interest on the part of several scholars, starting with Francis Haskell himself. However, the role of marble workers and goldsmiths, as well as the close relationship between Fanzago and the craftsmen working after his designs in marble and metal for the Spanish residences of Monterrery and for Las Agustinas in Salamanca had been outlined only by Alvar Gonzalez Palacios. Thanks to The Burlington Magazine Travel Scholarship, I was able to spend time in the archives of Salamanca, Madrid, and Simancas and to find a wealth of new information. I could study works of art in situ, commission new photographic campaigns, and consult historic photographic archives. It was thanks to that fellowship that I was able to publish a series of new documents and trace works of art in some museum collections in the United States, where later on I spent many fruitful visits. The Burlington Magazine Travel Scholarship, in association with the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund, was my first professional fellowship, which allowed me to conduct independent research, and changed my professional perspective towards a museum career.’

– Paola D’Agostino (Director, Musei del Bargello, Florence)

‘The Francis Haskell Memorial Fund gave me the gift of time that proved crucial to the success of my Ph.D. Thanks to the grant, I spent part of a summer in Florence in the archive of the Fondazione Horne researching the quattrocento painter Francesco Pesellino. Herbert Horne had never completed his planned monograph on Pesellino but left behind over 600 pages of notes including many transcriptions of archival documents that I consulted over several weeks. This material transformed my doctoral work, pointing me in new directions and giving me a clearer understanding of the workshop structures that had been key to the painter’s success. None of this would have been possible without the Haskell award.’

– Nathaniel Silver (William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston)