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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.

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.

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').

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/01/01/09/046], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

A preliminary drawing is entitled: 'North Elevation of the Church' showing the north elevation of the church, looking south on the front. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('St Basil Arta') and the back ('1.9').

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/02/01/09/017], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

East façade of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. NB See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/018.

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/02/01/09/018], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

East façade of the church. Further annotation survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/017.

Hagios Vasileios [BRF/02/01/09/019], Hagios Vasileios, 1890

View of the church from the south-east. Further annotation survives on the back of the photograph.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/020], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing in ink annotated with pencil and labelled: 'A plan of the Church'. The front shows the ground plan of the church (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('1.1'; '503'; 'N°1'; 'Reduce to 1-150').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/021], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

This is a preliminary drawing showing an annotated ground plan of the church on the front. On the back are unfinished sketches of vaults. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('Church of the Annunciation'; 'O ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΣΜΟC ΤΗC ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟΥ') and the back ('1.1a').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/022], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

This is a preliminary drawing in pencil. The front is a partial plan of the naos at the gallery level. Further annotation survives on the back ('Arta Great Church'; '1.1b').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/023], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

This is a preliminary drawing in pencil that survives in two parts. The front is the plan of the galleries. Unidentified sketches survive on the back. Further annotation ('I.Ic') survives on the back.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/024], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

This is a preliminary drawing in pencil showing some of the done of the church. Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('I.Iδ') .

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/025], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

The drawing is labelled: 'A Plan of the Galleries'. The front is the plan of the galleries in ink (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front and the back ('1.2').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/026], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

The drawing is labelled: 'Section looking East'. The front is the cross section of the church, looking east, in ink (scale 1:200). Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('1.3').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/027], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

The drawing is labelled: 'Section looking North'. The front is the longitudinal section of the church, looking north, in ink (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil on the front and back ('1.4').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/028], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

This is a preliminary drawing in pencil that survives in two parts. The front is the longitudinal section of the church, looking north. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front and on the back ('1.4a').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/029], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing an irregular isometric section, looking south, in ink. Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('1.4b').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/030], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing entitled 'Arta: Church of the Paregoritza' and labelled: 'West Elevation'. The front is the west elevation of the church, looking east, in ink (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil both on front ('N°5') and back ('2.1', '505').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/031], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing the elevation of the central dome of the church, looking E. Further annotation survives in pencil both on front ('Arta central dome') and back ('2.1a').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/032], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing in pencil and crayon. The front shows the west elevation of the church, looking east. A section of an unfinished ground plan survives on the back. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front and the back ('2.1b').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/033], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing the north elevation of the church, looking south. The unfinished sketch of a ciborium survives on the reverse. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front and the back ('2.1c').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/034], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing the east elevation of the church, looking west. The unfinished sketch of the transverse section, looking W, survives on the back. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front and on the back ('2.1δ').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/035], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing labelled: 'North Elevation'. The front is the north elevation of the church, looking east, in ink (scale 1:50). Further annotation survive in pencil both on the front and the back ('2.2').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/036], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A prelimimary drawing labelled: 'East Elevation'. The front is the east elevation of the church, looking W, in ink (scale 1:50), with annotations in pencil. Further annotation survive in pencil both on the front ('Great Ch Arta'; '6') and the back ('2.3').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/037], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing the isometric section of the church, looking south-east (?). Further annotation survive in pencil both on the front ('Arta') and the back ('3.1').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/018], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing a detail of the dooring sculpture. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('Arta') and the back ('4.1').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/01/01/09/019], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

This is a preliminary drawing in pencil. The front is the isometric section of the church interior, looking NE. On the back are two sketches of the sculpted arches of the N and W barrel-vault supporting the dome. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('NE Angle Arta church') and the back ('4.2').

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/001], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

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

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/002], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

View of the church from the west. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF. 02/01/09/003.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/003], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

View of the church from the west. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF. 02/01/09/002.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/004], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

View of the church from the south-west. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/005.