Richard Beford was a renowned sculptor who joined in 1903 the Victoria & Albert Museum where he became Keeper of the Department of Sculpture from 1924 to 1938 and of the Department of Circulation from 1938 to 1946. In 1947- 8 he was Curator of Pictures at the Ministry of Works.
Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, on line database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib7_1204822914]
The Times, Obituary, 5 October 1967
WILCOX, Denys J., The London Group 1913-1939: the artists and their works, Scholar Press, Aldershot,1995
I would like to thank Anthony Atkinson (q.v.) President of Colchester Art Society, for identifying this series of drawings and giving me invaluable insight information on the artist.