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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/01/01/09/036], 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.