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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.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/010], Hagia Theodora, 1890

This is a preliminary drawing in pencil that survives in two parts. It is labelled in pencil: 'Details of Tomb in church'. The front contains details of the Theodora's tomb. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front and the back ('2.4 [i]'; '2.4 [ii]')

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/011], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing the east side of the Theodora's tomb. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('S. Theodora Arta') and the back ('2.4a').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/012], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A prelimanary drawing showing the west side of the Theodora's tomb on the front (scale 1:15). An unfinished sketch in pencil of the E side of the tomb survives on the reverse. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front and the back ('2.4b').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/013], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing details of the Theodora's tomb. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('Arta: St Theodora: Upper part of tomb as existing. West elevation toward narthex') and the back ('2.5').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/014], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing details of Theodora's tomb. Annotation survives in pencil on the back ('2.6').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/015], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing details of Theodora's tomb. Annotation survives in pencil on the back ('2.7').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/016], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing showing details of the Theodora's tomb. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('East elevation of tomb, towards church'; 'West elevation of tomb towards narthex'; 'detail of panel'; 'N°7') and the back ('2.8').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/017], Hagia Theodora, 1890

This is a preliminary drawing in pencil entitled: 'Church of S Theodora Arta'. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('East Elevation of Tomb / towards church') and the back ('2.9').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/02/01/09/023], Hagia Theodora, 1890

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

Hagia Theodora [BRF/02/01/09/024], Hagia Theodora, 1890

Capital of the inner colonnade of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/02/01/09/025], Hagia Theodora, 1890

Capital of the inner colonnade of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/026.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/02/01/09/026], Hagia Theodora, 1890

Capital of the inner colonnade of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/025.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/02/01/09/027], Hagia Theodora, 1890

Capital of the inner colonnade of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/028.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/02/01/09/028], Hagia Theodora, 1890

Capital of the inner colonnade of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/027.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/02/01/09/029], Hagia Theodora, 1890

Panel of the Hagia Theodora's tomb. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph.

Kastro in Naxos [BRF/02/01/16/026], Kastro in Naxos

Annotated in ink on the back, 'View of Castro with medieval wall, Naxos. Catholic cathedral just visible on the ...Orthodox cathedral in the foreground'

View of Kastro [BRF/02/01/16/027], View of Kastro

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

Venetian Cathedral [BRF/02/01/16/030], Venetian Cathedral

South façade. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Venetian Cathedral [BRF/02/01/16/031], Venetian Cathedral

View of Palm Sunday celebrations. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Town [BRF/02/01/16/032], Town

Street view. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Apano Castle [BRF/02/01/16/033], Apano Castle

View from the east. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Castle [BRF/02/01/16/034], Castle

Marco Sanudo tower. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Chair in unidentified building in Naxos [BRF/02/01/16/035], Chair in unidentified building in Naxos

Chair in unidentified building in Naxos The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Hagios Mamas [BRF/02/01/16/036], Hagios Mamas

South-west view. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Hierapolis Outer Gate [BRF/02/02/03/004], Hierapolis Outer Gate, 1873

Hierapolis. Caria. Outer gate with round tower This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered (H.S. 3152) in pencil at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.See SPHS log book for more details

Martyrium of Apostle Philip [BRF/02/02/03/005], Martyrium of Apostle Philip, 1873

Hierapolis. Caria.The martyrium. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered (H.S. 3153) in pencil at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives which states it is a 'church' but does not identify it. See SPHS log entry for more detail.

Sardis Church D (the Catherdal) [BRF/02/02/03/012], Sardis Church D (the Catherdal), 1873

View of site with church remains. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered in pencil (H.S. 3159) at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Sardis Church D (the Cathedral) [BRF/02/02/03/013], Sardis Church D (the Cathedral), 1873

The `Justinian' church. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered in pencil (H.S. 3161) at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Sardis Church D (the Cathedral) [BRF/02/02/03/014], Sardis Church D (the Cathedral), 1873

View of the landscape from the church. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered in pencil (H.S. 3162) at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Small Double Church [BRF/02/01/16/047], Small Double Church, 1888-1890

West façade. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Panagia Phaneromene [BRF/01/01/01/231], Panagia Phaneromene, 25/02/1903

Ground plan (left), Transverse section (right). The drawing is entitled: 'Phaneromene - Salamis'. Scale which says " 1/8 = 1 ft"

Hagioi Theodoroi (Vrontochion Monastery) [BRF/01/01/14/066], Hagioi Theodoroi (Vrontochion Monastery), 1890?

Isometric section. The drawing is entitled in pencil: 'Mistras Church of Saints Theodore' and 'Mistras S. Nicolas Lower Town'. It is numbered (no 4) in pencil in the upper right-hand corner. It is labelled in pencil: 'An Isometric View of the Church'. In the second title the church has been mis-identified with that of Hagios Nikolaos.This drawing was used in the 1936 Exhibition and was numbered panel 478 in the catalogue

Pantanassa [BRF/01/01/14/005], Pantanassa, 1890?

Gallery plan. This is a preliminary drawing. It is annotated in ink: 'Church of the Pantanassa - The Gallery Plan 1/4 Scale'. Further annotation in pencil survives. The preliminary unfinished sketch of a chapel survives at the back.

Pantanassa [BRF/01/01/14/007], Pantanassa, 1890?

Gallery plan. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Mistras Pantanassa - Plan of Galleries'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Pantanassa [BRF/01/01/14/006], Pantanassa, 1890?

Plan of chapels. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in pencl: 'Pantanassa - Chapels Under Loggia'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Pantanassa [BRF/01/01/14/008], Pantanassa, 1890?

Upper part: Gallery plan - Lower part: Ground plan with floor opus sectile (revetment). The drawing is entitled in pencil: 'Mistras - Church of the Pantanassa'. It is labelled in ink: 'A Plan of the Galleries', 'A Plan of the Church'. Further annotation in pencil surives.

Pantanassa [BRF/01/01/14/009], Pantanassa, 1890?

Section of the part of the church under loggia. This is a preliminary drawing. It is annotated in pencil.

Pantanassa [BRF/01/01/14/010], Pantanassa, 1890?

Longitudinal section. The drawing is entitled in ink and pencil: 'Mistras - Pantanassa'. It is labelled in ink: 'Longitudinal Section'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagios Demetrios (Metropolis) [BRF/01/01/14/079], Hagios Demetrios (Metropolis), 1890?

Upper part: South-west elevation, Lower part: Longitudinal section. The drawing is entitled in pencil: 'Mistras Church of S. Demetrius'. It is labelled: 'South-West Elevation' and 'Section Looking North-East'. Further annotation in pencil survives. The drawing was exhibited in the 1936 Royal Academy Exhibition as panels 486 and 487 in catalogue

Hagios Demetrios (Metropolis) [BRF/01/01/14/083], Hagios Demetrios (Metropolis), 1890?

Upper part: South-east elevation, Lower part: North-west elevation. The drawing is entitled in pencil: 'Mistras Church of S. Demetrius'. It is labelled: 'South-East Elevation' and 'North-West Elevation'. Further annotation in pencil survives. It is numbered (no 5) in pencil in the upper right-hand corner. The drawing was exhibited in the 1936 Royal Academy exhibition as panels 484 and 485 in catalogue

Hagios Demetrios (Metropolis) [BRF/01/01/14/085], Hagios Demetrios (Metropolis), 1890?

Parts of the sculpture decoration of the bema. The drawing is entitled in pencil: 'Mistras - Church of St Demetrius'. It is labelled in ink. Further annotation in pencil survives. The drawing was exhibited in the 1936 Royal Academy exhibition as panel 490 in catalogue

Perivleptos [BRF/01/01/14/105], Perivleptos, 1890?

Elevation and two plans of the refectory. The drawing is entitled in pencil. It was exhibited in the 1936 Royal Academy Exhibition as panel 495 in the catalogue

Hodegetria Church-Afendiko (Vrontochion Monastery) [BRF/01/01/14/051], Hodegetria Church-Afendiko (Vrontochion Monastery), 1888-1890

Isometric section. The drawing is labelled in pencil: 'Mistras - Church of the Vrontochion (Efentiko), Isometric View'. It is numbered (no 7) in the upper right-hand corner. A cancelled unfinished ground plan of the church survives on the reverse.This was used in the 1936 Exhibition at the Royal Academy as panel 481 in the catalogue

Hodegetria Church-Afendiko (Vrontochion Monastery) [BRF/01/01/14/055], Hodegetria Church-Afendiko (Vrontochion Monastery), 1888-1890

Upper part: South elevation - Lower part: North elevation. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'South Elevation' and 'North Elevation'. It is entitled in pencil: 'Mistras - Church of the Vrontochion (Efentiko)'. Further annotation in pencil survives. The drawing was exhibited at the 1936 Royal Academy exhibition as panels 482 and 483 in the catalogue

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/004], Hagia Theodora, 1890

The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Church of S. Theodora Arta'. It is labelled in ink: 'West Elevation'. The front is the west elevation of the church, looking east (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('1.4'; '499') This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 499 in the catalogue

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/005], Hagia Theodora, 1890

The drawing is entitled: 'Church of S. Theodora Arta' and labelled in ink: 'North Elevation'. The front is the north elevation of the church, looking south (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('1.5'; '498'). This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 498 in the catalogue

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/006], Hagia Theodora, 1890

The drawing is entitled: 'Church of S. Theodora Arta' and labelled in ink: 'East Elevation'. The front is the east elevation of the church, looking west (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil on the back ('1.6'; '497'). This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 497 in the catalogue

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

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

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'). This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 503 in the catalogue

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'). This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 504 in the catalogue