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About the BRF Collection

The Byzantine Research Fund Archive (BRF) is a unique collection of architectural drawings, photographs and notebooks created from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century by a small team of British architects trained in the Arts & Crafts tradition whose studies of Byzantium shaped the Byzantine Revival in later years.

The collection contains over 1,500 drawings and 1,000 photographs, numerous notebooks and the corporate records associated with the Byzantine Research and Publication Fund, the original body created in 1907 to support this work. Although the Fund was associated with the BSA from the time it was founded, it was not until 1937 that the BSA formerly took over the property and operation of it. The BRF Archive contains records of Byzantine monuments in Greece, Turkey, Italy, the Near East, Egypt, and Cyprus. In some cases, the collection contains the only record of a monument before its destruction in modern times, the most important example being the church of Hagios Demetrios in Thessalonike which was almost completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1917 shortly after being recorded by one of the BRF architects, Walter Sykes George. It also contains personal records of the following architects; Robert Weir Schultz, Sidney Howard Barnsley, Walter Sykes George, William Harvey, Harold Swainson, Peter Gus Corbett, and A.H.S (Peter) Megaw. The aspirations of the BRF Archive Project today are to make these materials accessible to a wide range of researchers.

S. Minuto del Monti[BRF/02/05/02/007], S. Minuto del Monti, September 1888 [BRF/02/05/02/007], S. Minuto del Monti, September 1888

West façade. This is a commercial photograph. It is annotated in pencil at the back. It is stamped: 'Sept. 1888'. Creator unknown.

Frankavilla Church[BRF/02/01/13/049], Frankavilla Church, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/049], Frankavilla Church, 1905-1909

South-west view. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Frankavilla Church[BRF/02/01/13/050], Frankavilla Church, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/050], Frankavilla Church, 1905-1909

View from the east. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Frankavilla Church[BRF/02/01/13/051], Frankavilla Church, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/051], Frankavilla Church, 1905-1909

Interior view: the dome. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Theotokos Katholike[BRF/01/01/13/003], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909 [BRF/01/01/13/003], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909

Upper row: Longitudinal section (left) - Cross section (right). Lower row: Plan (left) - Section through narthex (right). The drawing is entitled in ink:'S. Mary Katholikos Gastouni Elis'. It is labelled in ink: 'Longitudinal Section', 'Cross Section', 'Plan' and 'Section through Narthex'.

Theotokos Katholike[BRF/01/01/13/004], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909 [BRF/01/01/13/004], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909

Door on north side (lintel-jamb mold-various details) - Brickwork patterns. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'S. Mary Katholikos Gastouni Elis'. It is labelled in ink: 'Built up Door on North Side', 'Monogram Forms in the Brickwork'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Theotokos Katholike[BRF/02/01/13/010], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/010], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909

View from south-east. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Theotokos Katholike[BRF/02/01/13/011], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/011], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909

North façade. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Theotokos Katholike[BRF/02/01/13/012], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/012], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909

North gable (detail of the window). Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Theotokos Katholike[BRF/02/01/13/013], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/013], Theotokos Katholike, 1905-1909

East façade. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Duomo[BRF/01/05/01/019], Duomo, November 1889? [BRF/01/05/01/019], Duomo, November 1889?

Detail of the pulpit. This is a preliminary drawing. It is annotated in pencil.

Duomo[BRF/01/05/01/018], Duomo, November 1889 [BRF/01/05/01/018], Duomo, November 1889

Two plans and an elevation of the pulpit. This is a preliminary drawing. It is signed in pencil (SH Barnsley) in the lower right-hand corner. It is dated in pencil in the left-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Castle[BRF/02/01/10/017], Castle, 1909? [BRF/02/01/10/017], Castle, 1909?

Distant view. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Castle[BRF/02/01/10/018], Castle, 1909? [BRF/02/01/10/018], Castle, 1909?

Distant view. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Castle[BRF/02/01/10/016], Castle, 1909? [BRF/02/01/10/016], Castle, 1909?

Distant view. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/004], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/04/004], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1888-1890

South-west view showing the exo-narthex. The exo-narthex of the Katholikon was removed in the late 16th c. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/034], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/04/034], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1888-1890

Section through Panagia church looking south - North elevation of the Katholikon. This is a preliminary drawing.

Hossios Loukas Monastery[BRF/01/01/04/209], Hossios Loukas Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/04/209], Hossios Loukas Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, narthex - Mosaic decoration. Further annotation survivres at the back of the drawing. The note: 'mosaic border - over entrance into church' survives in pencil at the back.

Hossios Loukas Monastery[BRF/01/01/04/211], Hossios Loukas Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/04/211], Hossios Loukas Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, narthex - Mosaic decoration. Further annotation survives at the back fo the drawing. The note: 'mosaic border - over entrance from outside' survives in pencil at the back.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/195], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/195], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Columns and capitals. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. On the reverse: part of dated lithograph (12/12/1896). P. Rodeck also contributed on drawings of this church.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/029], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/029], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

West elevation of the two churches (south part). This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/030], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/030], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - North elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. A sketch of a unidentified church survives in the upper left-hand corner.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/031], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/031], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - South elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/024], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/024], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Panagia church - East elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/025], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/025], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Panagia church - East elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/010], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/010], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Plan of the holy bema (central apse). This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. On the reverse: Part of dated lithograph (28/12/1895) of unknown buildings. P.Rodeck (1896-1897) also contributed on drawings of this church.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/011], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/011], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Part of the ground plan of the church. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/016], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/016], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Part of longitudinal section (?). This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/017], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/017], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Part of longitudinal section(?) This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/020], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/020], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Cross section with iconography. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/125], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/125], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - Inscription in two halves beside the main door between narthex and naos. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/126], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/126], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - Inscription on the inside of the west wall of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/127], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/127], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - Two post-Byzantine inscriptions in the south wall of the church (left) and over the entrance from the prothesis into the bema (right). Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/128], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/128], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - post-Byzantine inscription over the entrance from the prothesis into the bema. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/129], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/129], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - post-Byzantine inscription in the south wall of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/203], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/203], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Marble pavement. The drawing is entitled in ink:'Monasatery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Plan of Marble Pavement in Small Church'.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/204], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/204], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Marble pavement (detail). The drawing is entitled in ink:'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Detail of Central Portion of Pavement in Small Church'.