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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.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/006], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Reconstructed plans: Plan of the churches (left) - Plan of the galleries (right). The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Reconstructed Plans'. It is labelled in ink: 'A Plan of the Churches (left) - A Plan of the Galleries (right). Further annotation in ink and pencil survives.

Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani) [BRF/01/01/16/005], Panagia Katapoliani (Hekatontapyliani), 1910

Comparison of plans: the Small church (left) - Church at Bin-Bir-Kilisse, Cappadocia (right). The drawing is annotated in ink.

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

Plan of the roofs. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'A Plan of the Roofs'. It is annotated in ink.

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

Ground plan with the names of the churches and the chapels. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in ink: 'Key to the Names'. It is annotated in ink and in pencil.

Hagia Irene [BRF/01/02/01/005], Hagia Irene, Dec.1909/March1910

Monograms on the capitals. The drawing is labelled: 'South Aisle - South Side of Nave', 'North Aisle - North Side of Nave'. The monograms are numbered in Greek/Arabic characters.

Hagia Irene [BRF/01/02/01/006], Hagia Irene, Dec.1909/March1910

Monograms. This printed drawing is labelled in Greek. Creator unknown.

Hagia Irene [BRF/02/01/14/108], Hagia Irene, 1906-1907?

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

Hagios Georgios [BRF/02/01/14/109], Hagios Georgios, 1906-1907?

The synthronon in the east apse. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Hagios Athanasios [BRF/02/01/10/009], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

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

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/02/01/07/136], Hagios Demetrios, before 1913

New window at west end. The photograph is initialed: 'F.W.H.' in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also photo no. 02/07/15/03 (BRF no. 02/01/07/176).

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/02/01/07/176], Hagios Demetrios, before 1913 (1907-1909?)

New window at west end. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph. See also photo no. 02/06/09/03 (BRF no.02/01/07/136).

City Walls - Towers [BRF/02/01/07/280], City Walls - Towers, before 1913 (1907-1909?)

East walls and angle tower. The photograph is initialed in pencil: 'F.W.H.'. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back.

Hagios Athanasios [BRF/02/01/10/010], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

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

Chalkis Castle [BRF/02/01/03/047], Chalkis Castle, 1910?

Chalkis castle - View of the walls. Further annotation survives at the back of the photograph.

The Citadel [BRF/02/02/02/011], The Citadel, ca. 1913

Citadel and town. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered in pencil (H.S. 2301) at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.

The Citadel [BRF/02/02/02/012], The Citadel, ca. 1913

Interior view. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered in pencil (H.S. 2302) at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Loukous Monastery [BRF/02/01/11/006], Loukous Monastery, before 1913

View of other monastic buildings. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered (H.S. 2330) in pencil a the back. According to the photographic list of the Hellenic Society J. Penoyre is the donor of the item.

Loukous Monastery [BRF/02/01/11/005], Loukous Monastery, before 1913

View of the church from the south. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered (H.S. 2329) in pencil a the back. According to the photographic list of the Hellenic Society J. Penoyre is the donor of the item.

Magoula Bridge [BRF/02/01/14/107], Magoula Bridge, 1906-1907?

View of the bridge. The photograph is initialed in pencil at the back. For a negative of the photo see the Hellenic Society negative lot.

Magoula Bridge [BRF/02/01/14/106], Magoula Bridge, 1906-1907?

View of the bridge. The photograph is initialed in pencil at the back. For a negative of the photo see the Hellenic Society negative lot.

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/02/01/07/172], Hagios Demetrios, before 1913

Series of columns in the north transept. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph. Duplicate (enlargement) copy exists catalogued as: old archive no. 02/07/14/04 (neg. no H.S. 2378) which has now been deleted.

Temple of Apollo Pythios [BRF/02/01/16/046], Temple of Apollo Pythios, 1907

South-east view. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2813). It is signed (A.J.B. Wace) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Temple of Apollo Pythios [BRF/02/01/16/045], Temple of Apollo Pythios, 1907

East end. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2814). It is signed (A.J.B. Wace) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Temple of Apollo Pythios [BRF/02/01/16/043], Temple of Apollo Pythios, 1907

North-west view. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2815). It is signed (A.J.B. Wace) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Temple of Apollo Pythios [BRF/02/01/16/044], Temple of Apollo Pythios, 1907

North-west view. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2816). It is signed (A.J.B. Wace) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Venetian Cathedral [BRF/02/01/16/029], Venetian Cathedral, ca. 1913

Detail of door decoration. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2826). It is initialed (A.J.B.Wace) and annotated in pencil at the back.

House Door [BRF/02/01/16/028], House Door, ca. 1913

House door with coats of arms and sculture decoration. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2827). It is initialed (A.J.B.Wace) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Hozoviotissa Monastery [BRF/02/01/16/012], Hozoviotissa Monastery, before 1913

General view. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2857). It is annotated in pencil at the back.

Panagia Portaitissa [BRF/02/01/16/013], Panagia Portaitissa, before 1913

View of the templon. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2861). It is initialed (A.J.B.W) and annotated in pencil at the back.

House in town [BRF/02/01/16/014], House in town, before 1913

Coat of arms inserted in wall of house. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2862). It is initialed (A.J.B.W) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Citadel [BRF/02/01/16/051], Citadel, before 1913

Citadel gate. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Leros- Town and Castle [BRF/02/01/16/016], Leros- Town and Castle, 1902-1923

Distant view from town below. Annotation in pencil on back of photo Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2877)

Koimesis tes Theotokou - Hagios Ioannis - Hagioi Theodoroi [BRF/01/01/10/001], Koimesis tes Theotokou - Hagios Ioannis - Hagioi Theodoroi, 1905-1909

Longitudinal section and ground plan of the Koimesis church - Longitudinal section and ground plan of the Hagios Ioannis church - Ground plan of the Hagioi Theodoroi church. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Chalandriza Elis Greece'. It is labelled in ink: 'Church of the Koimesis'. 'Hagios Ioannis', Hagios Theodoros'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Hagios Athanasios [BRF/02/01/10/011], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

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

Hagios Athanasios [BRF/02/01/10/012], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

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

Hagios Athanasios [BRF/02/01/10/013], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

Closer view of the arcade (north side). Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Chaladritsa Castle [BRF/02/01/10/014], Chaladritsa Castle, 1905-1909

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

Chaladritsa Castle [BRF/02/01/10/015], Chaladritsa Castle, 1905-1909

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

Hagios Ioannis [BRF/02/01/10/007], Hagios Ioannis, 1905-1909

View from the south-west. Further annotation in pecil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagioi Theodoroi [BRF/02/01/10/008], Hagioi Theodoroi, 1905-1909

View from the west. Further annotation in pecil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/038], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing the unfinished ground plan of the church. Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('1.1').

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/039], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminiary drawing that was entitled: 'Church of Basil Arta' but has been crossed out and corrected in pencil: 'Arta Church of S. Basil'. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'A Plan of the Church'. The front is the ground plan of the church (scale 1: 50). Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('1.2').

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/040], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminary drawing shoiwng the ground plan of the church in ink with annotations in pencil . Further annotation survive in pencil both on the front ('Church of Saint Basil'; 'Bema'; 'Arta S. Basil'; 'Scale 1/2 inche to 1 foot') and the back ('1.3').

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/041], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminary drawing entitled, 'Church of S. Basil Arta', and labelled 'West Elevation'. The front shows the west elevation of the church, looking east, in ink with annotations in pencil. Further annotation survive in pencil both on the front ('N° 2') and the back ('1.4'). On the back is a sketch of the longitudinal section of an unidentified domed church.

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/042], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminary drawing entitled 'Arta Church of S. Basil' and labelled: 'North Elevation'. The front shows is the north elevation of the church, looking south, in ink. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ( 'N°3'; 'Scale of feet'; 'Scale of metres', 'reduce to 6 3/4') and the back ('1.5').

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/043], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing the east elevation of the church, looking west on the front. Unfinished annotated pencil sketches of the two ceramic relief icons that decorate the eastern tympanon of the church survive on the back. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('St Basil Arta') and the back ('St Basil Arta'; '1.6').

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/044], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing the east elevation of the church, looking west (scale 1:50) on the front. The drawing is annotated in pencil both on the front ('St Basil Arta'; 'reduce to 7 inches'; 'reduce to 9 1/2 inches'; '1:50', 'scale of feet'; 'scale of meter') and the back ('1.7').

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/045], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminary drawing entitled in: 'Church of Saint Basil Arta The West End' showing the west elevation of the church on the front, looking east in ink with pencil annotations. Further annotation survive in pencil on front ('scale of feet') and back ('1.8').