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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 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'). This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 505 in the catalogue

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'). This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 506 in the catalogue

Zoodochos Pege [BRF/01/01/15/008], Zoodochos Pege, 1888-1890

Plan. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'A Plan of the Church'.It is entitled in pencil in the upper left-hand corner: 'Messenia Samari'. It is numbered (No 1) in pencil in the upper right had corner. This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 507 in the catalogue

Zoodochos Pege [BRF/01/01/15/015], Zoodochos Pege, 1888-1890

Transverse section looking east with iconography. This is a preliminary drawing. I This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 508 in the catalogue

Zoodochos Pege [BRF/01/01/15/019], Zoodochos Pege, 1888-1890

South elevation. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'South Elevation'.It is entitled in pencil in the upper left-hand corner: 'Messenia Samari'. It is numbered (No 4) in pencil in the upper right-hand corner. This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 509 in the catalogue

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika [BRF/01/01/12/030], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908?

Upper row: 'West elevation (left) - East elevation (right), Lower row: North elevation. The drawing is entitled in ink:'Argolis Chonika Church of the Koimesis'. It is labelled in ink: 'West Elevation', 'East Elevation', 'North Elevation'. It is numbered in ink (no 3) in the upper right-hand corner. This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 511 in the catalogue

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka [BRF/01/01/12/015], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Upper row: West elevation (left), East elevation (right), Lower row: 'North Elevation'. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Argolis Merbaka Church of the Panagia'. It is labelled in ink: "West Elevation', 'East Elevation' and 'North Elevation'. It is numbered in ink (no 3) in the upper right-hand corner. This drawing was part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy and was panel 514 in the catalogue

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka [BRF/01/01/12/003], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Longitudinal section (upper half) - Ground plan (lower half). This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in pencil:'Argolis: Merbaka Church of the 'Panagia'. It is numbered (no 1) in pencil in the upper right-hand corner. It is labelled in pencil: 'Longitudinal Section' and 'A Plan of the Churc'. Further annotation in pencil survives. This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 513 in the catalogue

Panagia Acheiropoietos [BRF/01/01/07/015], Panagia Acheiropoietos, 1888-1890

Transverse section. The Drawing is entitled in ink:' Church of S. Paraskevi, Thessalonica' - No 2. It is labelled: 'Longitudinal Section Looking South'. W.S. George also worked on these drawings (1907-1909). This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 556 in the catalogue

Panagia Acheiropoietos [BRF/01/01/07/016], Panagia Acheiropoietos, 1888-1890

Transverse section. The Drawing is entitled in ink:' Church of S. Paraskevi, Thessalonica' - No 4. It is labelled: 'Cross Section Looking East'. W.S. George also worked on these drawings (1907-1909). This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 557 in the catalogue

Panagia Acheiropoietos [BRF/01/01/07/017], Panagia Acheiropoietos, 1888-1890

North elevation. The Drawing is entitled in ink:' Church of S. Paraskevi, Thessalonica' - No 6. It is labelled: 'North Elevation'. Further annotation in ink survives. W.S. George also worked on these drawings (1907-1909). This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy asl 558 in the catalogue

Hagia Sophia [BRF/01/01/07/073], Hagia Sophia, 1888-1890

Transverse section looking south-east (top) - Transverse section looking north-west (bottom) with parts of the walling. A sketch of the longitudinal section of the church surives on the reverse. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled: 'Church of S. Sophia Thessalonica' No.5. It is labelled: 'Cross Section Through Narthex Looking South-East' and 'Cross Section Through Narthex Looking North-West'. Further annotation in pencil survives. W.S. George (1906-1915/1907-1909?) has contributed to the drawings of this church.On the reverse: A cancelled Section of the Church. This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 528 in the catalogue

Hagios Georgios (Rotunda) [BRF/01/01/07/197], Hagios Georgios (Rotunda), ca. 1907

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

Hagios Georgios (Rotunda) [BRF/01/01/07/199], Hagios Georgios (Rotunda), 1907?

South-east elevation. The drawing is entitled:'Church of Saint George Thessalonica' No4. It is labelled:'South-East Elevation'. This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 524 in the catalogue

Hagios Georgios (Rotunda) [BRF/01/01/07/200], Hagios Georgios (Rotunda), 1907?

Longitudinal section. The drawing is entitled:'Church of Saint George Thessalonica' No3. It is labelled:'Longitudinal Section'. Further annotation in ink survives. This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 523 in the catalogue

Hagios Georgios (Rotunda) [BRF/01/01/07/195], Hagios Georgios (Rotunda), ca. 1907

Ground plan. The drawing is entitled: 'Church of Saint George Thessalonica' No1. It is labelled: 'A Plan of the Church'. This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 521 in the catalogue

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/01/01/07/258], Hagios Demetrios, 01/09/1909

Head of Hagios Demetrios. The drawing is numbered: 'No 8'. It is dated (Sept. 1. 1909) and signed (W.S. George) in pencil on the reverse. Further annotation in pencil survives. This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 542 in the catalogue

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/01/01/07/279], Hagios Demetrios, 1907

East elevation. The drawing has been framed for the 1985 exhibition. It is dated and initialed in pencil W.S.G. in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also drawing no 01/08/04/08/02 (BRF no 01/01/06/262). The drawing has been framed for the 1985 exhibition. This drawing was possibly part of the 1936 Exbhitiion at the Royal Academy as panel 538 in the catalogue

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/01/01/07/262], Hagios Demetrios, 1907

East elevation. The drawing is entitled:'Church of S. Demetrius Thessalonica' No11. It is labelled:'East Elevation'. Further annotation in ink survives. See also drawing no 01/01/06/279.

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)

Apalyros/Apalire Castle [BRF/02/01/16/024], Apalyros/Apalire Castle

View from the west. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back. Creator unknown.

Apalyros/Apalire Castle [BRF/02/01/16/025], Apalyros/Apalire Castle

View from the south. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back. Creator unknown.

Castle of St Peter (Bodrum Castle) [BRF/02/02/03/002], Castle of St Peter (Bodrum Castle), before 1913

View in castle. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is signed (W. Connal) and numbered (H.S. 7160) in pencil at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives. J. Penoyre appears to be the donor of the photograph.

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/02/01/07/179], Hagios Demetrios, before 1913

Interior view of the north aisle looking east. The photograph was made for the Hellenic Society. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back. Creator unknown.

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/02/01/07/173], Hagios Demetrios, before 1913

Funerary monument of Louka Spantouni. The photograph was made for the Hellenic Society. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back. Creator unknown.

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/02/01/07/197], Hagios Demetrios, 1907?

Series of columns in the north transept. It is not certain whether George took the photo or he acquired it from someone else. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph. Hellenic Society negative # 7677 has been noted on the back. See also photo no. 02/08/03/01 (BRF no. 02/01/07/196).

Hagia Sophia [BRF/02/01/07/132], Hagia Sophia, 1907/9?

Dome mosaics (close view of the saints). The mosaic decoration in the dome is dated to the late 9th c. The photograph is initialed in ink 'W.S.George' in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagia Sophia [BRF/02/01/07/133], Hagia Sophia, 1907/9?

Dome mosaics (close view of the saints). The mosaic decoration in the dome is dated to the late 9th c. The photograph is initialed in ink 'W.S.George' in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagia Sophia [BRF/02/01/07/130], Hagia Sophia, 1907/9?

Dome mosaics (close view of the saints). The mosaic decoration in the dome is dated to the late 9th c. The photograph is signed in ink and pencil 'W.S.George' in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Sixth-century Basilica [BRF/02/01/06/004], Sixth-century Basilica, Jun-07

View of the basilica and of the small nearby chapel. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2840). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Sixth-century Basilica [BRF/02/01/06/003], Sixth-century Basilica, Jun-07

The west end from the north. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2841). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Sixth-century Basilica [BRF/02/01/06/009], Sixth-century Basilica, Jun-07

Slab and antefix. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2844). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Sixth-century Basilica [BRF/02/01/06/007], Sixth-century Basilica, Jun-07

Carved slab fragments from the apse. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2845). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Sixth-century Basilica [BRF/02/01/06/008], Sixth-century Basilica, Jun-07

Carved slab from the apse. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2846). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Sixth-century Basilica [BRF/02/01/06/005], Sixth-century Basilica, Jun-07

Window-jambs, various architectural members. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2847). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Sixth-century Basilica [BRF/02/01/06/006], Sixth-century Basilica, Jun-07

Column capitals from west end. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2848). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/02/01/06/002], Hagios Demetrios, 1907?

The templon (closer view). This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2876). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Hagios Demetrios [BRF/02/01/07/196], Hagios Demetrios, 1907-1908

Series of columns in the north transept. The photograph has the following annotations in pencil on the back: 'W.S.G.' and ' 'HS 7677' (the negative number of the Hellenic Society collection).

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas [BRF/01/01/04/055], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Capital of the north-west or the south-east pillar. Further annotation in pencil survives.