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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.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/003], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/003], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

South-west view of the Great church showing the exo-narthex. The exo-narthex of the Katholikon was removed in the late 16th c. This is a preliminary drawing. It has been cancelled as experimental. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/005], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/005], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

South-west view of the Great church 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 - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/006], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/006], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Panagia church - Plan of the narthex. This is a preliminary drawing. It is labelled in ink: 'Small Church', 'Narthex of Small Church and Room over Same'. Further annotation in ink and pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/007], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/007], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Plan of the galleries and the dome. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/008], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1880 [BRF/01/01/04/008], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1880

Gallery plan of the two churches. This is a print of a published gallery plan of the two churches. It is labelled in Greek: 'Α Ο ναός του οσίου Λουκά', 'Β Ο ναός της Θεοτόκου'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/009], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/009], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Ground plan. This is a preliminary drawing. It consists of two parts. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/013], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 09/08/1897 [BRF/01/01/04/013], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 09/08/1897

Plan of the forecourt of the church. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in ink: 'Hosios Loukas: Forecourt of the Smaller Church'. Further annotation in pencil survives. Lower right corner signed by Rodeck in ink, "Pieter Rodeck, measured and drawn on the [spot], August 9, 1897"

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/196], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/196], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Plan of the two churches. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis Greece', 'A Plan of the Two Churches'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/197], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/197], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Plan of the galleries of the Katholikon, the narthex and the exo-narthex of the Panagia church - Plan of the dome. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'A Plan of Galleries etc.'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/198], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/198], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Upper row: Longitudinal section through Panagia church - Lower row: Plan of the crypt. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Section through Small Church looking South' and 'Plan of Crypt under Great Church'.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/201], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/201], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Isometrical section towards south-east. The drawing is labelled in ink:'Monastery of Saint Luke Phocis Greece'. Further annotation in ink and pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/202], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/202], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Longitudinal section of the Panagia church - North elevation of the Katholikon. The drawing is entitled in ink:'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Section through Small Church', 'North Elevation of the Great Church'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/148], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/148], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, bema - Floor opus sectile (detail). This is a preliminary Drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/149], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/149], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, bema - Floor opus sectile (detail). This is a preliminary Drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/150], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/150], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Ground plan with iconography. The Drawing is entitled: 'Monastery Of St Luke Of Stiris Phocis'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/152], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/152], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, narthex - North window, Mosaics over west side. The Drawing is labelled as follows: 'Mosaics over West Side - North Window of Narthex'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/153], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/153], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, narthex - South window, Mosaics over west side. The Drawing is labelled as follows: 'Mosaics over West Side - South Window of Narthex'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/018], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/018], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Cross section. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. Sketches of unidentified architectural members survive on the reverse.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/019], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/019], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Part of cross section. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/022], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/022], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Cross section with iconography. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis - Cross Section Looking East Through Great Church and Crypt and Exo-Narthex of Small Church'.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/023], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/023], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

South elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. An unfinished sketch (part of a window) survives at the back.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/026], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/026], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Dome window (detail) (left half of the drawing), South elevation (right half of the drawing). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'A Detail of Dome of Small Church' and 'South Elevation of Small Church'.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/027], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/027], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Bricks with pseudo-Kufic ornaments. The drawing is entitled in ink:' Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis' It is labelled in ink:'Details of Brick Ornamentation on External Walls of Small Church'.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/028], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/028], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

West elevation of the two churches (north part). This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. A sketch of the same part of the church survives at the back.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/037], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/037], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

West elevation. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Monastery of St. Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'West Elevation of the Two Churches'.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/038], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/038], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

East elevation. The drawing is entitled in ink:'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'East Elevation of the Two Churches'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/039], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/039], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

South elevation. The drawing is entitled in ink:'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'South Elevation of the Great Church'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/044], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/044], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Plan of the crypt. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Plan of Crypt under Great Church'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/045], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/045], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Crypt - Longitudinal section with iconography. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/046], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/046], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Crypt - Detail of the arches. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/047], katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/047], katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Capitals and columns of the iconostasis of the crypt. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in ink: 'Detail of Iconostasis of Crypt'. Further annotation in pencil survives. On the reverse: A cancelled drawing of Hagios Merkourios in ink.

katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/048], katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/048], katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Crypt - Inlay ornament on top of tomb slab. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in ink survives.

katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/049], katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/049], katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Crypt - Inlay ornament on top of tomb slab. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/050], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/050], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Crypt - Inlay ornament on top of tomb slab. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/051], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/051], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Upper row: Ground plan of the refectory and present buildings. Lower row: Elevation of the north wall (left) - Capitals of columns in windows (right). This is a preliminary drawing. It is labelled in ink: 'Plan Showing Original Refectory and Present Buildings', 'Elevation of North Wall' and 'Capitals of Columns in Windows'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/052], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/052], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Capital of the north-west or south-east pillar. The drawing is labelled: 'S. Luke. N Side Capital'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/054], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/054], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Capital of the north-west or the south-east pillar. The drawing is labelled: 'S. Luke. S Side Capital'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/056], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/056], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Capital of the north-west or the south-east pillar. On the reverse: Capital of the north-east or the south-west pillar. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. An unfinished sketch of a capital survives at the back.