Born in Cambridge, England, Britton moved to Toronto in 1881. In 1902, he studied under F. McGillivray Knowles while in Toronto. He later went to London to the Heatherley School of Fine Art and the London School of Art. He painted in the impressionistic style as well as realistic largely in portraits, seascapes and landscapes in oils. He travelled to England, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Nova Scotia. Five of his works are in the National Gallery of Canada and he exhibited extensively with the RCA from 1905 to 1946 and the AAM from 1909 to 1919.