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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.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/059], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/059], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Capitals of pillars of double windows (upper row), Capitals of shafts of triple arcades (lower row). The drawing is labelled: 'Capitals of Pillars of Double Windows' (upper row), 'Capitals of Shafts of Triple Arcades in Interior of Great Church' (lower row).

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/063], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/063], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Capitals of pillars of windows (upper row), Katholikon - Capitals of triple arcades (middle row), Panagia church - Capital and base of window (lower row left), Katholikon - Capital and shaft of arcade (lower row right). The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis' - 'Details of Capitals'. It is labelled as follows: 'Capitals of Pillars of Double Windows' (upper row), 'Capitals of Shafts of Triple Arcades in Interior of Great Church' (middle row), 'Capital and Base of mullion in Window of Central Apse of Small Church' (lower row left) and 'Capital of Shaft of Arcade in Interior of Great Church' (lower row right).

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/064], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/064], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Capitals, bases, brackets and cobles. The drawing is labelled as follows: 'Detached Capital', 'Detached Bracket' (upper left corner), 'Corbels under Arches in Exo-Narthex Small Church' 'Narthex Small Church', 'Narthex Great Church' (right-hand side), 'Capitals to Pillars in Crypt' and 'Various Capitals & Bases to Window Mullions' (at the bottom of the Drawing).

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/066], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/066], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Details of various curved lintels, capitals, brackets, corbels. The drawing is labelled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Details of Various Lintels, Capitals & Corbes'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/067], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/067], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Details of Kufic inserts, bands and window mullions. This is a preliminary drawing. Futher annotation in pencil and ink survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/069], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/069], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Detail of band around walls at the level of the gallery. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in ink and pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/070], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/070], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Details of doors (lintels) and of bands around walls at the level of the gallery. This is a preliminary Drawing.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/071], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, January 1890 [BRF/01/01/04/071], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, January 1890

Detail of band around walls at the level of the gallery. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/072], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/072], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Various details of string courses, doors, marble panels, inlaid bands. The rawing is entitled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis'. It is labelled as follows: 'String Course Round Inside of Dome', 'Carved String Course Round Apses of Small Church', 'Detached Fragment of String Course', 'String Course Round Topof Marble Panels', 'Shelf in South Transept', 'Inlaid Band Round Walls at Level of Gallery', 'Door to Narthex Small Church', 'Dooeway Shewing Painted Decoration', 'Details of Door from Narthex into Great Church', 'Details of Various Doors' and 'Various Details of String Courses, Doors, etc.'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/073], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/073], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Doorways, lintels. The drawing is labelled: 'Doorway to North Transept' and 'West Doorway'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/076], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/076], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Tympanum of west doorway (detail). This is a preliminary drawing in two sheets. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/090], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/090], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Tympanum of west doorway (detail). The drawing is Entitled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Detail of West Doorway of Great Church'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/091], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/091], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Carved slabs in lower parts of windows. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Carved Slabs Filling in Lower Parts Of Window Openings'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/092], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/092], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Carved slabs in lower parts of windows. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Carved Slabs Filling in Lower Parts Of Window Openings'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/093], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/093], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, galleries - Carved slabs in lower parts of windows. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Carved Slabs Filling in Lower Parts Of Window Openings And Fronts of Galleries'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/094], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/094], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Carved slabs in lower parts of bema screen. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Detail Of Carved Slabs In Lower Part of Screen To Bema In Great Church'.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/01/01/04/095], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/095], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Details of slabs and fragments. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery Of St Luke Of Stiris Phocis', 'Details Of Shrine Of Various Slabs & Other Fragments'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/108], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/108], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Proskynitarion. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery Of St Luke Of Stiris Phocis', 'A Detail Of Picture Frames On Piers Dividing Iconostasis Of Small Church'.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/103], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890 [BRF/01/01/04/103], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890

Sculpture (capitals, slabs). This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/110], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/110], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Details of the scupture of the iconostasis. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery Of St luke Of Stiris Phocis', 'Details Of Iconostasis Of Small Church'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/121], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/121], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Portions of the iconostasis. The drawing is enititled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Portions of the Iconostasis of Great Church'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/113], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/113], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Details of the sculpture of the iconostasis. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/122], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/122], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Details of the sculpture of the iconostasis. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis', 'Details of Iconostasis of Great Church'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/124], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/124], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Carved lintels. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery Of St Luke Of Stiris Phocis', 'Carved Lintels Now Built Into Various Walls'.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/130], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/130], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Ground plan with floor opus sectile. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/137], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/137], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Narthex - Floor opus sectile. The drawing is entitled: 'Monastery Of St Luke Of Stiris Phocis', 'Plan Of Pavement in Narthex Of Small Church'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/138], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/138], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Floor opus sectile (detail). The drawing is labelled: 'S Lukes Panagia NE Slab in Pavement'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/140], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/140], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

South transept - Floor opus sectile (detail). This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/147], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/147], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Bema - Floor opus sectile (detail). This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/205], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/205], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Longitudinal section with iconography. The drawing is entitled in ink:'Monastery of St Luke of Stiris Phocis Greece', 'Longitudinal Section through Narthex of Great Church & Gallery over Same looking East'. A sketch of the upper part of a lognitudinal section survives on the reverse.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/156], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/156], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Narthex (east wall) - Detail of the scene of the Anastasis (Head of Prophet-King Solomon). Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/157], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/157], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon (west wall) - Marble revetment and mosaics. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/158], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/158], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

North transept (east wall) - Marble revetment, Mosaic decoration, the Shrine of the saint. The Drawing is labelled as follows: 'East Wall of North Transept With Shrine Of St Luke'.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/159], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/159], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

South wall - Marble revetment. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/01/01/04/160], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/01/01/04/160], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

South wall - Marble revetment. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.