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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/02/01/09/005], 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 02/01/09/004.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/006], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

Distant view of the church from the south-west. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/007], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

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

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/008], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

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

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/009], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

Detail of the east façade of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF. 02/01/09/010.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/010], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

Detail of the east façade of the church. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF. 02/01/09/009.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/011], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

Viw of the church from the east. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/012.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/012], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

Viw of the church from the east. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/011.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/013], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

View of the interior of the church, looking north-east. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/014.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/014], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

View of the interior of the church, looking north-east. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph. See also photo no. BRF 02/01/09/013.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/015], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

View of the interior of the church, looking east. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph.

Panagia Paregoretissa [BRF/02/01/09/016], Panagia Paregoretissa, 1890

View of the interior of the church, looking north-east: detail of the sculptures. Further annotation in pencil survives on the back of the photograph.

Vlachernae Monastery [BRF/02/01/09/020], Vlachernae Monastery, 1890

View of the church from the south-west.The ambulatory had a porch in the late 1800s as is recorded in photographs. This seems to have been a much later addition to the structure and does not survive today. Further annotation survives on the back of the photograph.

Vlachernae Monastery [BRF/02/01/09/021], Vlachernae Monastery, 1890

East façade of the church. Further annotation survives on the back of the photograph.

Vlachernae Monastery [BRF/02/01/09/022], Vlachernae Monastery, 1890

Relief slab in the south façade of the church. Further annotation survives on the back of the photograph.

Arta Bridge [BRF/02/01/09/030], Arta Bridge, 1890

Distant view of the bridge. Further annotation survives on the back of the photograph.

Arta Bridge [BRF/02/01/09/031], Arta Bridge, 1890

View of the bridge. Further annotation survives on the back of the photograph.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/001], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing in pencil labelled, 'Arta S. Theodora Church'. The front shows the ground plan of the church. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front and the back ('1.1').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/002], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing that was entitled: 'Church of S. Theodora Arta' but was later crossed out. It is labelled in ink: 'A Plan of the Church'. The front is the plan of the church in ink (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('scale of feet'; 'scale of metres') and the back ('1.2').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/003], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A drawing that was entitled:'Church of S. Theodora Arta' but was later crossed out. It is labelled in ink: 'Cross Section looking East' and 'Longitudinal Section looking North' (scale 1:50). Further annotation survives in pencil on the front ('N°2', 'scale') and the back ('1.3').

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').

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').

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').

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/007], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing dated in pencil in the lower left-hand corner ('Oct. 1890'). Further annotation survives in pencil both on front ('Arta Saint Theodora') and back ('2.1'). An unfinished annotated sketch of the west side of the north-west capital of St Theodora inner colonnade survives on the back.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/008], Hagia Theodora, 1890

A preliminary drawing with recordings in pencil both on the front ('Arta S. Theodora Pavement in centre of church') and the back ('2.2'). Further annotation describes the typology and colour of the material used in the omphalos.

Hagia Theodora [BRF/01/01/09/009], Hagia Theodora, 1890

The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Church of S. Theodora Arta', 'Detail of Inlaid Paving in Nave'. Further annotation survives in pencil both on the front ('reduce to 6'4 [1-15]', 'N°5') and the back ('2.3').

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.

Dedication Unknown [BRF/01/01/11/010], Dedication Unknown, 1888-1890

Ground plan. This is the preliminary drawing of an unidentified cross-in-square church. The printed drawing of a building's façade survives on the reverse. Not certain if its from Arcadia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.