BIOGRAPHY: William Richard Burnell

William Richard Burnell (1914-?) was a letter engraver working at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). He received his art studies at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, after which he became a ‘skilled helper’ at the BEP in 1938. During the Second World War, Burnell served in the US Army, but after the war he returned to the BEP.

In 1956, he became an apprentice engraver, after having been a restorer and pantograph operator for a number of years. In 1959, Burnell officially became an engraver, a position he held until his retirement in 1969.

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