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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.

Hagios Panteleemon[BRF/01/01/07/231], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/07/231], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890

Part of section. This is a preliminary drawing in pencil. Notes survive on both sides.Blue lined paper was once probably part of a notebook. See also drawing no. 01/08/04/19/12 (BRF no. 01/01/07/232).

Hagios Panteleemon[BRF/01/01/07/232], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/07/232], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890

Part of section. This is a prelimanary drawing. Further annotation survives on both sides. See also drawings no. 01/08/04/19/10 (BRF no. 01/01/07/230) and 01/08/04/19/11 (BRF no 01/01/07/231).

Hagios Panteleemon[BRF/01/01/07/233], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/07/233], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890

Part of elevation. This is a prelimanary drawing in pencil. Further annotation survives on both sides of paper which was once probably part of a notebook

Hagios Panteleemon[BRF/01/01/07/234], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/07/234], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890

Part of elevation. This is a prelimanary drawing in pencil. Further annotation survives on both sides paper which was probably once part of a notebook.

Hagios Panteleemon[BRF/01/01/07/235], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/07/235], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890

Architectural members - Miscellaneous. This is a prelimanary drawing in pencil. Further annotation survives on both sides of the blue-lined paper which was once probably part of a notebook.

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.

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 Acheiropoietos[BRF/01/01/07/012], Panagia Acheiropoietos, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/07/012], Panagia Acheiropoietos, 1888-1890

Longitudinal section with south elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is labelled in pencil: 'Section Through South Aisle Looking South'. Further annotation in ink and pencil survives. W.S. George also worked on these drawings (1907-1909).

Hagios Demetrios[BRF/01/01/07/338], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949 [BRF/01/01/07/338], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949

Plans of the apse. The drawing is numbered in ink as 'Fig. 9a and Fig. 9b'.

Hagios Demetrios[BRF/01/01/07/329], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949 [BRF/01/01/07/329], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949

Section through south trancept. The drawing is numbered in pencil as 'Fig. 10'. It is labelled in pencil:' Section through South Trancept looking Northwards'.

Hagios Demetrios[BRF/01/01/07/347], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949 [BRF/01/01/07/347], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949

Section through north trancept. The drawing is numbered in pencil as 'Fig. 11'. It is labelled in pencil:' Section through North Trancept looking South'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagios Demetrios[BRF/01/01/07/325], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949 [BRF/01/01/07/325], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949

Elevation-East wall, north trancept. The drawing is numbered in pencil as 'Fig. 12 It is labelled in pencil:' East Wall of North Trancept'.

Hagios Demetrios[BRF/01/01/07/326], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949 [BRF/01/01/07/326], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949

Projections-East façade. The drawing is numbered in ink as 'Fig. 13'. It is labelled in pencil:'Projections from the East Façade'. .

Hagios Demetrios[BRF/01/01/07/327], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949 [BRF/01/01/07/327], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949

Elevation-North wall, south face. The drawing is numbered in pencil as 'Fig. 14'. It is labelled in pencil:'Part of North Wall, South Face'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagios Demetrios[BRF/01/01/07/328], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949 [BRF/01/01/07/328], Hagios Demetrios, 1948-1949

Tomb chamber-East elevation. The drawing is numbered in ink as 'Fig. 15'. It is labelled in pencil:'East Elevation of the Tomb-Chamber'.

Erechtheion[BRF/01/01/01/028], Erechtheion, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/028], Erechtheion, 1888-1890

Transverse section (top), Longitudinal section (bottom). The words 'Athens, Erechtheion' are inscribed on the top right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives. This is a preliminary drawing. A sketch (plan) in pencil survives on the reverse.

Panagia Gorgoepikoos[BRF/01/01/01/029], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888? [BRF/01/01/01/029], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888?

Ground plan. The drawing is entitled: 'The Cathedral Athens', 'Plan'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Gorgoepikoos[BRF/01/01/01/030], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888? [BRF/01/01/01/030], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888?

Transverse section (left), Longitudinal section (right). The drawing is entitled: 'The Catherdal Athens'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Gorgoepikoos[BRF/01/01/01/031], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888? [BRF/01/01/01/031], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888?

Clockwise from upper row: Transverse section (left), Longitudinal section (right), Ground plan (bottom). Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Gorgoepikoos[BRF/01/01/01/036], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888? [BRF/01/01/01/036], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888?

West elevation. The drawing is entitled: 'The Cathedral Athens', 'The West Elevation - Half Inch Scale'.

Panagia Gorgoepikoos[BRF/01/01/01/038], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888? [BRF/01/01/01/038], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888?

East elevation. The drawing is entitled: 'The Cathedral Athens', 'The East Elevation - Half Inch Scale'.

Panagia Gorgoepikoos[BRF/01/01/01/040], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 14/4/1888 [BRF/01/01/01/040], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 14/4/1888

Marble relief panels from the decoration of the building. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Gorgoepikoos[BRF/01/01/01/041], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888? [BRF/01/01/01/041], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888?

Lintel and inner door frame in marble relief. The door leads from the narthex to the nave.

Panagia Gorgoepikoos[BRF/01/01/01/042], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888? [BRF/01/01/01/042], Panagia Gorgoepikoos, 1888?

Lintel and inner door frame in marble relief. The door leads from the narthex to the nave. This is a preliminary drawing.

Hagios Ioannes ho Theologos[BRF/01/01/01/044], Hagios Ioannes ho Theologos, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/044], Hagios Ioannes ho Theologos, 1888-1890

West elevation (left), Jamb mouldings section (right). The drawing is entitled: ' St John the Theologian, Athens', 'West Elevation'. Furher annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/045], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/045], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

Transverse section ((top), Ground plan (bottom). The two drawings are inscribed separately. Further annotation in pencil survives. The sketch of an unknown church in pencil survives at the back.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/046], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/046], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

Transverse section (top), West elevation (bottom). The elevation depicts the gable-windows of the church which are among the earliest examples of the grouped-type. Noteworthy is the tympanum filling in the west gable window of the naos: the Cufic patterns are interrupted by a flowering cross. A small semi-arch hardly more than a quarter-cicle supports the single window of each of the four gables in the exo-narthex. The two drawings are inscribed separately. Further annotationand sketches in pencil survives.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/047], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/047], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

East elevation (top), South elevation (bottom). Arcade type windows are used only in the east side of the church. The grouped window gradually replaced this type. Among the earliest examples are the gable-windows of the church. Noteworthy in the South Elevation is the shallow cut-brick horizontal frieze above the arch of the central south door. The motif is a step pattern. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/048], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/048], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

Ground plan. The Drawing is entitled: 'Kapnikarea Church - Athens', 'The Plan'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/049], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/049], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

Longitudinal section with interior decoration. The Drawing is entitled: 'Kapnikarea Church - Athens', 'Longitudinal Section'.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/051], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/051], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

South elevation. Noteworthy in the south elevation is the shallow cut-brick horizontal frieze above the arch of the central south door. The motif is a step pattern. The drawing is entitled (in pencil): 'Kapnikarea Athens', 'South Elevation'. Futher annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/052], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/052], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

East elevation. Arcade type windows are used only in the east side of the church. The grouped window gradually replaced this type. Among the earliest examples are the gable-windows of the church. The drawing is entitled (in pencil): 'Kapnikarea Athens', 'East Elevation'. Futher annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/053], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/053], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

South elevation. Noteworthy in the south elevation is the shallow cut-brick horizontal frieze above the arch of the central south door. The motif is a step pattern.. The drawing is entitled: 'Kapnikarea Church - Athens', 'South Elevation'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/054], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/054], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

West elevation. The elevation depicts the gable-windows of the church which are among the earliest examples of the grouped-type. Noteworthy is the tympanum filling in the west gable window of the naos: the Cufic patterns are interrupted by a flowering cross similar to that of the Soteira Lykodemou church. A small semi-arch hardly more than a quarter-cicle supports the single window of each of the four gables in the exo-narthex. The drawing is entitled: 'Kapnikarea Church - Athens', 'West Elevation'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Kapnikarea[BRF/01/01/01/055], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/055], Panagia Kapnikarea, 1888-1890

East elevation. Arcade type windows are used only in the east side of the church. The grouped window gradually replaced this type. Among the earliest examples are the gable-windows of the church. The drawing is entitled: 'Kapnikarea Church - Athens', 'East Elevation'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Soteira Lykodemou[BRF/01/01/01/058], Soteira Lykodemou, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/058], Soteira Lykodemou, 1888-1890

Ground plan. The plan is entitled: 'Church of St Nikodemus Athens', 'The Ground Plan'. The church has been misnamed.

Soteira Lykodemou[BRF/01/01/01/059], Soteira Lykodemou, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/059], Soteira Lykodemou, 1888-1890

Plan at gallery level. The plan is entitled: 'Church of St Nikodemus Athens', 'The Gallery Plan'. The church has been misnamed.

Soteira Lykodemou[BRF/01/01/01/060], Soteira Lykodemou, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/060], Soteira Lykodemou, 1888-1890

Ground plan. The plan is entitled: 'Church of St Nicodemus Athens', 'The Plan 1/4 Scale'. Further annotation in pencil survives. The church has been misnamed.