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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.

Monastery of Daou-Penteli [BRF/01/01/01/122], Monastery of Daou-Penteli, Mar. 1902

Plan of the monastic complex. This is a detailed ground plan of the Daou-Penteli monastic buildings. The drawing is entitled:'Church of the Ruined Monastery at Daou-Mendeli- Attica- Greece'. The monastic buildings are inscribed separately. Further annotation in pencil survives. F.W. Hasluck contributed to the survey of these buildings.

Monastery of Daou-Penteli [BRF/01/01/01/123], Monastery of Daou-Penteli, Mar. 1902

Upper row (from left to right): West elevation, South elevation, East elevation, Cross section (looking west). Middle row (from left to right): Cross section, North elevation, Longitudinal section (looking south). Lower row (from left to right): Ground plan, Plan at gallery level, Plan at lower roof level. The elevations and the plans depict the main church, the katholikon, of the Daou-Penteli monastic complex. The drawing is entitled: 'Church of the Ruined Monastery at Daou-Mendeli- Attica- Greece'. Each elevation and plan is inscribed separately. Futher annotation in pencil survives. F.W. Hasluck contributed to the survey these buildings.

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.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/01/01/13/005], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

Left half: Longitudinal section - Plan, Right half: Half elevation, Section of the dome - Half evelation of west façade. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'The Panagia Manolada Elis'. It is labelled in ink: 'Longitudinal Section', 'Plan', 'Half Elevation and Section of the Dome', 'Half Elevation of West Front'.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/02/01/13/014], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

West façade. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/02/01/13/015], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

North-west angle. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/02/01/13/016], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

South façade. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/02/01/13/017], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

North façade. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/02/01/13/018], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

South-east view. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/02/01/13/019], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

Detail of the dome. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/02/01/13/020], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

Interior view of the narthex with the proskynitarion. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Palaiopanagia [BRF/02/01/13/021], Palaiopanagia, 1905-1909

Interior view of the nave. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hodegetria Church-Afendiko (Vrontochion Monastery) [BRF/01/01/14/043], Hodegetria Church-Afendiko (Vrontochion Monastery), 1888-1890

Ground plan. The drawing is labelled in ink: 'A Plan of the Church'. It is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagios Athanasios [BRF/02/01/16/048], Hagios Athanasios, before 1913/1907?

Gilded wood-carved templon. Notable are the post-Byzantine icons. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2863). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Evangelistria Monastery [BRF/02/01/16/049], Evangelistria Monastery, before 1913/1907?

The gilded templon. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2865). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Metamorphosis Monastery [BRF/02/01/16/050], Metamorphosis Monastery, before 1913/1907?

The templon with post-Byzantine icons. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2867). It is initialed (A.J.B.W.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Karytaina Bridge [BRF/02/01/11/004], Karytaina Bridge, 1891-1897

View of the bridge and the chapel. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph. Donated by Leaf. W?