An English engraver and portrait-painter.. He knew and admired Emma Lady Hamilton, and named his two children Emma Hamilton Burt and Nelson Burt. He spent his summers in Parkgate and in 1822 while crossing the Mersey, his son was tragically drowned. He is remembered, by his name, spelt out in black stones, outside the cottage the family stayed in, now known as Nelson Cottage.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1830. A print of his represented Lady Hamilton as Britannia unveiling the bust of Nelson.