Best known as an art critic and writer, Burty was also an avid collector, an illustrator, and a lithographer.
He worked with the Gazette des Beaux-Arts from its creation in 1859, writing a column on arts and curios, with an aim of transmitting his love of etchings and prints to his readers. On Delacroix’s request, Burty worked with Andrieu, Dauzats, Dutilleux, Schwiter, etc. to organize the drawings and notebooks that were then to be dispersed at public auction (22-27 February 1864).
Burty also wrote the catalogue. He published several articles about Delacroix, as well as the painter’s letters (first edition, 1878; second edition, revised and expanded, 1880).