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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.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/092], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Part of mosaic decoration in the aisles (the Councils?). Duplicate print exists. Oversize prints.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/093], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Part of mosaic decoration in the aisles, south wall of nave (the Councils?). Duplicate print exists. Oversize prints.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/094], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Part of mosaic decoration in the aisles (the Councils?). Duplicate print exists. Oversize prints.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/095], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Part of mosaic decoration in the aisles with a narrative scene. Duplicate print exists with annotation on back 'not published' etc. Oversize prints.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/096], Church of the Nativity, 1908

East apse of Greek choir of the basilica. The photograph is dated and annotated in ink at the back: 'EAST PASE OF GREEK CHOIR OF BASILICA + GREEK CONVENT. 1908'.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/097], Church of the Nativity, 1908

North apse and medieval countrefort. The photograph is dated and annotated in ink at the back: 'NORTH APSE + MEDIEVAL COUNTRE FORT (OF OLD LATIN CHURCH PROBABLY) 1908'.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/098], Church of the Nativity, 1908

South apse of the basilica from the Greek tower. The photograph is dated and annotated in ink at the back: 'S. APSE BASILICA BETHLEHEM FROM GREEK TOWER 1908'.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/099], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909?

Wooden-carved model of the church in the British Museum.

Church of the Nativity [BRF/02/03/01/100], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Wooden-carved model of the church in the British Museum.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/044], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Byzantine inscription in medallion bearing the name Hylasiou (north transept).

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/043], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Byzantine inscription in medallion bearing the title of Bishop (north transept).

Hagios Constantinos and Heleni [BRF/02/01/16/005], Hagios Constantinos and Heleni, 1910?

Carved doorway. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/02/01/16/004], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Baptistery: view of the sculpture of the font. The photogaph is annotated in pencil at the back. Initialed in pencil in the upper right-hand corner RWS.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/02/01/16/003], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: The ciborium. The photogaph is annotated in pencil at the back. Initialed in pencil in the upper right-hand corner RWS.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/02/01/16/002], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

View of interior looking east (the templon). The photogaph is annotated in pencil at the back. Initialed in pencil in the upper right-hand corner RWS.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/02/01/16/001], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: North transept, the arcade. The photogaph is annotated in pencil at the back. Initialed in pencil in the upper right-hand corner RWS.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/046], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Byzantine inscription in the iconostasis (four medalions). It reads: 'the builder and Constantine and George the priests).

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/045], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Byzantine inscription in the iconostasis (four medalions). It reads: 'Mother of God, help Bishop George'.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/042], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Byzantine inscription in medallion bearing the title of bishop (north transept).

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/041], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Byzantine inscription bearing the name and title of bishop Hylasios (north transept).

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/040], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Baptestery: Floor mosaic. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Baptestery - Remains of Mosaic Floor East End of North Aisle'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/039], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Baptestery: Carved panel. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Carved Panel in Baptestery probably reused from some other position.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/038], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Batpistery: The cruciform font (section/elevation/plan). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Baptestery- Crusiform Font'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/037], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Batpistery: Section of nave (north arcade). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Baptestery - Section of Nave, Arcade looking North'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/036], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Baptestery: Details of narthex doors (plans/elevations/ sections). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Baptestery - Details of Narthex Doors, Side Toward Narthex'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/035], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: Apse of the bema (section/elevation/plan of the throne). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Apse of the Throne'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/034], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church (Archpriest's throne): Side elevation, Details of sculpture. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Archpriests Throne'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/033], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: Ciborium (details). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Details of Ciborium'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/032], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: Ciborium (details). Te drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Details of Ciborium'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/031], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church (iconostasis): Elevations/details. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Details of Iconostasis'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/030], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church (south transept): Aisle and gallery arcade. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - South Transept'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/029], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church:Capitals (elevations/details). The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Capitals'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/028], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Comparison of Roman and Byzantine details. The drawing is annotated in ink.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/027], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church (north transept): Gallery window (plan/elevation/details). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Gallery Window North Transept'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/026], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: West clerestory window (section/elevation/plan/details of decoration). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Details of West Clerestory Window'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/025], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: Marble window fillings (plans/elevations/details). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Details of Original Marble Window Fillings'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/024], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: Doorway from south transept to prothesis (sections/elevations/plans). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Great Church - Doorway from South Transept to Prothesis'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/023], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: Inner narthex doorways (plans-elevations-sections). The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Inner Narthex Doorways. It is entitled in ink: 'Great Church'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/022], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Gallery section. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Gallery Between the Small and Great Churches'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/021], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Sections of openings. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Doorway from the North Gallery of Small Church to the Gallery between the Small & Great Churches'.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/020], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Panagia church: Wall arches, Gallery above narthex. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Wall Arches, Gallery above Narthex, Great Church'.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/019], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Church of Hagios Nikolaos: 'Details of Apse Window'. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Small Church - Details of Apse Window'.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/018], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Church of Hagios Nikolaos - Plan, Elevation and Section of apse. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Old Church - Apse and Bema'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/017], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Gallery opening between Hagios Nikolaos and Panagia. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Gallery Opening between the Old and the Great Churches'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/016], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Church of Hagios Nikolaos, Details of nave arcade (elevation, plan). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Old Church - Details of Nave Arcade'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/015], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Church of Hagios Nikolaos, Section of vault built to replace old narthex vault. The drawing is annotated in ink.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/014], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Church of Hagios Nikolaos, Inner doorways of narthex (jambs, lintels, sections through heads of central and side narthex doors). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Old Church - Narthex Doors Toward North Transept of Great Church'. It is annotated in ink.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/013], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Church of Hagios Nikolaos, Cross-section. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Cross-Section looking East'.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/012], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Church of Hagios Nikolaos, Cross-section. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Cross-Section looking West'.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/011], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Church of Hagios Nikolaos, Longitudinal section. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Longitudinal Section looking North'.