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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[BRF/01/01/04/206], Hossios Loukas [BRF/01/01/04/206], Hossios Loukas

Drawings of various details: Upper row: Apse window (left) - Door slab (right), Middle row: Iconostasis fragment, Lower row: Section and plan of church (left) - Parts of column (right). The drawing is labelled in ink: 'Window in Apse' (upper row on the left), 'Slab over Door' (upper row on the right), 'Fragment of an Iconostasis' (Middle row), 'Section-Plan' (lower row on the left), 'Parts of Column' (lower row on the right). Annotated in pencil on the back.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/051], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/051], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - The shrine of Hossios Loukas. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/082], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/082], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon - Ground plan with iconography. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/060], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/060], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, narthex - The Washing of the Feet. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/061], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/061], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, narthex - The Crucifixion. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/062], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/062], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, narthex - The Incredibility of Thomas. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/063], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/063], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, narthex - The Anastasis. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/064], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/064], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, narthex - The Anastasis. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/02/01/04/081], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/081], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

Distant view of the churches from south-east. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/02/01/04/037], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/037], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

North - east view of the churches showing the north entrance to the monastic complex. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Panagia Church - Katholikon[BRF/02/01/04/038], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/038], Panagia Church - Katholikon, 1890?

View of the churches from the south showing the south entrance to the monastic complex. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/041], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/041], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Loggia and north façade. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/049], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/049], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the east apse. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/050], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/050], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the east apse, south part (detail). Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/052], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/052], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the interior looking east. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/053], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/053], Panagia Church - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the interior looking east. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/054], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/054], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the interior from the gallery looking east. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/055], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/055], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the interior looking east. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/056], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/056], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the interior looking north-west. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/057], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/057], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the interior looking north-west. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/059], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/059], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

View of the interior looking north-east Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/058], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/058], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

The shrine of Hossios Loukas. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/065], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/065], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Narthex - Head of Christ. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/068], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/068], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Nave (squinch) - The Nativity. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph. BSA 1936 Exhibition no. 464, see: Exhibition Catalogue Entry.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/066], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/066], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Nave (squinch) - The Nativity Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/069], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/069], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Nave (squinch) - The Nativity (detail). Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/070], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/070], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Nave (squinch) - The Presentation of Christ to the Temple (detail). Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/073], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/073], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Nave (squinch) - The Presentation of Christ to the Temple. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/071], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/071], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Nave (squinch) - The Baptism. Further annotaion in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/074], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/074], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, nave (squinch) - The Baptism. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/075], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/075], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, nave - Head of Saint in medallion. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Katholikon - Hossios Loukas[BRF/02/01/04/067], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890? [BRF/02/01/04/067], Katholikon - Hossios Loukas, 1890?

Katholikon, nave (squinch) - The Presentation in the Temple. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.