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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.

Hossios Loukas Monastery[BRF/01/01/04/209], Hossios Loukas Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/04/209], Hossios Loukas Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, narthex - Mosaic decoration. Further annotation survivres at the back of the drawing. The note: 'mosaic border - over entrance into church' survives in pencil at the back.

Hossios Loukas Monastery[BRF/01/01/04/211], Hossios Loukas Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/04/211], Hossios Loukas Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, narthex - Mosaic decoration. Further annotation survives at the back fo the drawing. The note: 'mosaic border - over entrance from outside' survives in pencil at the back.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/173], Daphni Monastery, 1890 [BRF/01/01/01/173], Daphni Monastery, 1890

Katholikon, north transept - Mosaic decoration. The drawing is captioned as follows: 'Daphne, 1890, Mosaic in N. Transept'.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/176], Daphni Monastery, 1890 [BRF/01/01/01/176], Daphni Monastery, 1890

Katholikon, bema - Mosaic decoration. The drawing is captioned as follows: 'Daphne, 1890, Mosaic in Bema'.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/177], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/177], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon - Mosaic decoration. The Drawing depicts three of the images of the Prophets which decorate the dome. This is a preliminary drawing. A unfinished sketch depicting a priest inside a holy bema survives in pencil at the back.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/178], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/178], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, nave (squinch) - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts the scene of the Annunciation which decorates the north-east squinch of the nave. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/179], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/179], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, narthex - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts parts of two of the scenes which decorate the narthex: of the Washing of the Feet and the Presentation of the Virgin. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/180], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/180], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, nave (squinch) - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts the scene of the Baptesm which decorates the South-West Squinch of the nave. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/181], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/181], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, nave (squinch) - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts the scene of the Transfiguration which decorates the North-West Squinch of the nave. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/182], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/182], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, nave (squinch) - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts the scene of the Nativity which decorates the North-East Squinch of the nave. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/183], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/183], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, nave - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts the scene of the Dormition which decorates the West wall of the nave. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/184], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/184], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, narthex - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts the scene of the Presentaton of the Virgin which decorates the east wall of the narthex. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/185], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/185], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, bema - Mosaic. The drawing depicts the image of Archangel Michael which decorates the north conch of the bema. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/186], Daphni Monastery, April 1889 [BRF/01/01/01/186], Daphni Monastery, April 1889

Katholikon, nave (dome) - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts the Head of Prophet Ezekiel which decorates the dome. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/187], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/187], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, nave (dome) - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts part (the upper body) of Prophet Ezekiel which decorates the dome. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. Partly revised colour drawing.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/188], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/188], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, nave (dome) - Mosaic decoration. The drawing depicts the image of Prophet Sophonias which decorates the dome. This is a printed colour proof of an original drawing. Writing survives on the back.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/195], Daphni Monastery, 29/04/1888 [BRF/01/01/01/195], Daphni Monastery, 29/04/1888

Katholikon, bema - Marble wall revetment. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. Various sketches of unknown buildings survive in pencil on the back.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/196], Daphni Monastery, 28/04/1888 [BRF/01/01/01/196], Daphni Monastery, 28/04/1888

Katholikon, bema (east apse) - Marble wall revetment. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. Partly revised, annotated coloured drawing.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/197], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/197], Daphni Monastery, 1888-1890

Katholikon, bema - East apse. The drawing depicts the decoration of the East Apse of the katholikon (marble revetment and mosaics). This is a preliminary drawing.

Daphni Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/198], Daphni Monastery, April 1890 [BRF/01/01/01/198], Daphni Monastery, April 1890

Katholikon, bema - East apse. The drawing depicts the decoration of the east apse of the katholikon (marble revetment and mosaics). This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/208], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/208], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Ground plan and marble jambs. The drawing is numbered as follows: 'Attica : No 1'. It is entitled in pencil: 'Attica: Monastery - Church of Kaisariani'. Furher annotation in ink and pencil survives.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/209], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/209], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Transverse section. The drawing is entitled: 'Church at Kaesariani' 'Transverse Section'.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/210], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/210], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Trasverse section with iconography. The drawing depicts parts of the iconographic program in the naos and the narthex. The wall-paintings in the naos follow the standard Byzantine/post-Byzantine iconographic program/scheme of church decoration. In terms of iconography, they follow well-established 16th-century Cretan School prototypes. They are rather conservative and date to the 18th century. Those of the narthex are less sophisticated with naïve/pictoresque details in the dense composistions. They date, according to a surviving inscription, to the 17th century. The drawing is numbered as follows: 'Attica No 2'. It is entitled in pencil: 'Attica Monastery Church of Kaesariani'. A caption at the bottom reads: 'Church at Kaesariane'. Further annotation in ink and pencil survives.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/211], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/211], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Longitudinal section. The drawing is entitled: 'Church at Kaisariani: Attica', 'Longitudinal Section'.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/212], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/212], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Part of transverse section with iconography. The drawing depicts parts of the iconographic program in the dome and the holy bema. The wall-paintings in the naos follow the standard Byzantine/post-Byzantine iconographic program/scheme of church decoration. In terms of iconography, they follow well-established 16th-century Cretan School prototypes. In terms of style, they are rather conservative and date to the 18th century. Those of the narthex are less sophisticated with naïve/pictoresque details in the dense composistions. They date, according to a surviving inscription, to the 17th century. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/213], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/213], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Transverse section with iconography. The drawing depicts parts of the iconographic program in the naos and the narthex. The wall-paintings in the naos follow the standard Byzantine/post-Byzantine iconographic program/scheme of church decoration. In terms of iconography, they follow well-established 16th-century Cretan School prototypes.. In terms of style, they are rather conservative and date to the 18th century. Those of the narthex are less sophisticated with naïve/pictoresque details in the dense composistions. They date, according to a surviving inscription, to the 17th century. This is a preliminary drawing.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/214], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/214], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

East elevation. Ornamental brickwork appears more emphatically on the east end and the north and south gables of the Kaisariani church. The drawing is entitled: 'Church at Kaesariani' 'East Elevation'.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/216], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/216], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

North elevation. This side is the most elaborately decorated part of the monument. The north arm of the cross is emphasized by a single protruding arch forming a conch-headed recession. The drawing is numbered as follows: 'Attica No 7'. It is captioned: 'North Elevation' and 'Church at Kaesariani'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/215], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/215], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

North elevation. This side is the most elaborately decorated part of the monument. The north arm of the cross is emphasized by a single protruding arch forming a conch-headed recession. The drawing is entitled: 'Church at Kaesariani' 'The North Elevation'.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/217], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/217], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Ground plan with placement of iconography. The plan depicts the iconographic scheme of the naos and the narthex. The drawing is numbered as follows: 'Attica No -'. It is captioned: 'Church at Kaisariane'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/218], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/218], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Ground plan with placement of iconography. The plan depicts the iconographic scheme of the naos and the narthex. This is a preliminary drawing. The word 'Kaisariani' appears in the right-hand corner.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/219], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/219], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

East elevation (detail) - The bema window. Ornamental brickwork appears more emphatically on the east end and the north and south gables of the Kaisariani church. The Drawing depicts the bema window of the church. The window is double of the so-called 'grouped-type': the whole window is embraced in a single arch within which the individual lights are arched separately. The tympanum filling is in curvilinear form: the tile-courses follow concentrically the curve of the subsidiary arches and the individual units are themselves curved. This is one of the best examples of the type. The drawing is captioned as follows: 'Church at Caesariani'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/220], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/220], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1890

Bema window and closure slab. The drawing depicts the bema window of the church and a marble closure slab. The window is double of the so-called 'grouped-type': the whole window is embraced in a single arch within which the individual lights are arched separately. The tympanum filling is in curvilinear form: the tile-courses follow concentrically the curve of the subsidiary arches and the individual units are themselves curved. This is one of the best examples of the type. The slab is decorated with foliate and geometrical patterns. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Kaisariani Monastery[BRF/01/01/01/221], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1910 [BRF/01/01/01/221], Kaisariani Monastery, 1888-1910

The Tree of Jesse. The Tree of Jesse decorates the west wall of the Kaisariani narthex. The wall-paintings in this part of the church are less sophisticated than those of the naos with naïve/pictoresque details in the dense composistions. They date, according to a surviving inscription, to the 17th century. Made for John, 3rd Marquess of Bute by Gillieron and presented to the Fund by his son (see note in: BRF Corporate Records-List of BRF materials by RWS 1948).

Omorphi Ekklesia[BRF/01/01/01/222], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1932? [BRF/01/01/01/222], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1932?

Ground plan. The drawing is entitled: 'Omorfh Ekklesia near Athens - 1/4 Inch Scale - Plan Drawing 1'. Further annotation in pencil surives.

Omorphi Ekklesia[BRF/01/01/01/223], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1932? [BRF/01/01/01/223], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1932?

Longitudinal section. The drawing is entitled: 'Omorphi Ekklesia nr Athens - Longitudinal Section - Drwg 2'.

Omorphi Ekklesia[BRF/01/01/01/224], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1932? [BRF/01/01/01/224], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1932?

Transverse section. The drawing is entitled: 'Omorfh Ekklesia Section Thro Narthex Looking E Drwg 3'.

Omorphi Ekklesia[BRF/01/01/01/225], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1932? [BRF/01/01/01/225], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1932?

Noth elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled: 'Omorfh Ekklesia nr Athens - North Elevation - Drawing 4'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Omorphi Ekklesia[BRF/01/01/01/226], Omorphi Ekklesia, 13/10/1932 [BRF/01/01/01/226], Omorphi Ekklesia, 13/10/1932

North elevation. The drawing, according to a surviving note, is a copy of R.S. Weir's rough pencil sketch.

Omorphi Ekklesia[BRF/01/01/01/227], Omorphi Ekklesia, 13/10/1932 [BRF/01/01/01/227], Omorphi Ekklesia, 13/10/1932

East elevation. The drawing according to a surviving inscription, is a copy of R.S. Weir's inked drawing. Further annotation in ink and pencil surives.

Omorphi Ekklesia[BRF/01/01/01/228], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/228], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1888-1890

East elevation. The drawing is entitled: 'Church at Omorphi - Attica', 'East End'.

Omorphi Ekklesia[BRF/01/01/01/229], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/229], Omorphi Ekklesia, 1888-1890

East elevation (left) - North elevation (right). This is a preliminary drawing.

Panagia Phaneromene[BRF/01/01/01/231], Panagia Phaneromene, 25/02/1903 [BRF/01/01/01/231], Panagia Phaneromene, 25/02/1903

Ground plan (left), Transverse section (right). The drawing is entitled: 'Phaneromene - Salamis'. Scale which says " 1/8 = 1 ft"