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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.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika[BRF/01/01/12/023], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/023], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908?

North elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika[BRF/01/01/12/024], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/024], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908?

North elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika[BRF/01/01/12/025], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/025], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908?

West elevation (left) - East elevation (right). This is a preliminary drawing. It is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika[BRF/01/01/12/026], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/026], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908?

West elevation (left) - East elevation (right). This is a preliminary drawing. It is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika[BRF/01/01/12/027], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/027], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908?

South elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika[BRF/01/01/12/028], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/028], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908?

South elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika[BRF/01/01/12/029], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/029], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908?

Upper row: Cross section looking east (left) - Cross section looking west (right), Lower row: South elevation. The drawing is entitled in ink:'Argolis Chonika Church of the Koimesis'. It is labelled in ink: 'Cross Section looking East', 'Cross Section looking West', 'South Elevation'. It is numbered in ink (no 2) in the upper right-hand corner.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika[BRF/01/01/12/030], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Chonika, 1907-1908? [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.

Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon[BRF/01/01/12/044], Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/044], Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon, 1907-1908?

Ground plan. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. An unfinished sketch survives on the reverse.

Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon[BRF/01/01/12/045], Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/045], Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon, 1907-1908?

Section. This is a preliminary drawing. Further annotation in pencil survives. An unfinished sketch survives on the reverse.

Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon[BRF/01/01/12/046], Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/046], Hagios Ioannis o Eleemon, 1907-1908?

Upper row: South and north elevation, Middle row: Cross section looking east, East elevation, West elevation, Section through narthex looking east, Lower row: Longitudinal section, Plan of the church. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Argolis Ligourio Church of St Chrysostom'. It is labelled in ink: 'South Elevation', 'North Elevation', 'Cross Section looking East', 'East Elevation', 'West Elevation', 'Section through Narthex looking East', 'Longitudinal Section', 'Plan of Church'. It is numbered in pencil (no 1) in the upper right-hand conrer. Further annotation in pencil survives. The drawing has been exhibited (no 512) at the 1936 Royal Academy Exhibition.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/001], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/001], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Ground plan. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (w. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/002], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/002], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Ground plan. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/003], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [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.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/004], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/004], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Longitudinal section. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/005], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/005], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Longitudinal seciton. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/006], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/006], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Cross sections (2- looking east on the left and west on the right). This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/007], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/007], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Cross sections (2- looking east on the left and west on the right). This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/008], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/008], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

West elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/009], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/009], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

West elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/010], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/010], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

North elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/011], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/011], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

North elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/012], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/012], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

South elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/013], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/013], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

South elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is singed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/014], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/014], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908?

Upper row: Cross section through narthex (left), Cross section through church looking east (right) - Lower row: South elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in ink: 'Argolis Merbaka Church of the Panagia'. It is labelled in ink: 'Cross Section through Narthex', 'Cross Section through Church looking East', 'South Elevation'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka[BRF/01/01/12/015], Koimesis tes Theotokou-Merbaka, 1907-1908? [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. The drawing was exhibited (no. 514) at the 1936 Royal Academy Exhibition.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/031], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/031], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

Ground plan (left) - Roof plan (right). The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/032], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/032], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

Ground plan (left) - Roof plan (right). The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/033], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/033], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

Section looking south. The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/034], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/034], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

Section looking south. The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/035], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/035], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

Cross section looking east (left) - Cross section looking west (right). The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/036], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/036], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

Cross section looking east (left) - Cross section looking west (right). The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/037], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/037], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

West elevation (left) - East elevation (right). The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/038], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/038], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

West elevation (left) - East elevation (right). The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Unidentified Monument[BRF/01/01/14/137], Unidentified Monument, 1890? [BRF/01/01/14/137], Unidentified Monument, 1890?

Rubbing- Sculpture (part of carved relief). The drawing was found in the Perivleptos rubbings folder. It is annotated in red crayon: 'Mistras-Where I don't know'.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/039], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/039], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

North elevation. The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/040], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/040], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

North elevation. The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/041], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/041], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

South elevation. The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/042], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/042], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

South elevation. The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Metamorphosis tou Soteiros[BRF/01/01/12/043], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908? [BRF/01/01/12/043], Metamorphosis tou Soteiros, 1907-1908?

Upper row: West elevation, South elevation, East elevation - Lower row: Cross section, Longitudinal section, Plan of church. The drawing is signed in pencil (W. Harvey) in the lower right-hand corner. It is entitled in pencil:'Argolis Plataniti Church of the Saviour. It is numbered in pencil (no 1) in the upper right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagios Andreas[BRF/01/01/01/001], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/001], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890

Ground plan. This is a preliminary drawing. The words 'Ch: of S. Andrew - Athens' are inscribed in pencil. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagios Andreas[BRF/01/01/01/002], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/002], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890

Ground plan. This ground plan depicts the church of Hagios Andreas -the katholikon of the monastic complex- the monastic enclosure, the refectory, the cells and other monastic buildings. The words: 'Monastery Church of St Andrew' are inscribed in pencil in the top left-hand corner.

Hagios Andreas[BRF/01/01/01/003], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/003], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890

Ground plan. The plan is entitled: 'Church of S. Andrew - Athens', 'Plan to 1/4 Inch Scale'.

Hagios Andreas[BRF/01/01/01/004], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/004], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890

Ground plan. The drawing is entitled: 'Church of Church Andrew', 'Athens'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Hagios Andreas[BRF/01/01/01/005], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/005], Hagios Andreas, 1888-1890

Clockwise from top left: East elevation, West elevation, North elevation, Longitudinal section. The item as a whole is entitled: 'Church of Saint Andrew', 'Athens'. The five drawings are captioned sequentially: 1.'East End', 2. 'West End', 3. 'North Section', 4. 'Long Section'.

Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki[BRF/01/01/01/006], Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/006], Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki, 1888-1890

Ground plan (bottom) and Transverse section (top). The church of Hagioi Apostoloi underwent four phases of construction/modification. This is the original (before restoration) ground plan of the church (Period I). A sketch depicting the plan (in pencil) of the church's dome occupies the top right-hand corner.

Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki[BRF/01/01/01/007], Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/007], Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki, 1888-1890

Ground plan. The church of Hagioi Apostoloi underwent four phases of construction/modification. This is the original (before restoration) ground plan of the church (Period I). The plan is entitled: 'Church of Holy Apostles Athens', 'The Plan as Existing'. Later additions are coloured differently.

Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki[BRF/01/01/01/008], Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/008], Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki, 1888-1890

Ground plan. The church of Hagioi Apostoloi underwent four phases of construction/modification. This is the original (before restoration) ground plan of the church (Period I). The plan is entitled: 'Church of Holy Apostles Athens', 'The Plan 1/4 Scale'. Further annonation in pencil survives. Later additions are coloured differently and indicated as such ('Modern Additions'). Various sketches in pencil including an unknown person's face survive on the reverse.

Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki[BRF/01/01/01/009], Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/01/009], Hagioi Apostoloi tou Solaki, 1888-1890

Ground plan. The church of Hagioi Apostoloi underwent four phases of construction/modification. This is the original (before restoration) ground plan of the church (Period I). This is a preliminary drawing ('working-plan') . It is entitled (in pencil): 'Holy Apostles Athens'.