Born in Yorkshire, England in 1825. Britton immigrated to the U.S. in 1835 and by 1847 was working in NYC as a lithographer. After joining the Gold Rush to San Francisco in 1849, he was a partner in the lithography firm of Pollard & Britton. He later went into business with his brother-in-law, Jacques J. Rey. The firm produced letterheads, labels for whiskey bottles and cigars, pictorial letter sheets, posters, and stock certificates. He was also a city supervisor and provided financing for Hallidie's first cable car line. Britton died on July 18, 1901 in San Francisco where a street is named for him.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
(Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); California on Stone
(Peters); A Companion to California; Census; SF Evening Post, 7-19-1901 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here