He was prize-winner with the Royal Academy where he showed 13 works throughout his career. He also showed at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Fine Art Society, Grosvenor, Walker and Arthur Tooth & Sons Galleries among others. Recognition came through Royal patronage in 1873 with Queen Victoria commissioning him as court painter upon the death of Sir Edwin Landseer, whom Burton Barber much admired. Among the paintings executed include a portrait of the Queen on horseback with John Brown holding the reins. The artist's last work was for the Queen, which he painted in the summer of 1894; it depicts the Queen in her pony carriage with the Prince and Princess Henry of Battenberg in the foreground at Osborne.The appeal of Burton Barber's paintings was not lost on the advertising world. A. & F. Pears soap acquired a number of works which they later employed to sell their product. Other examples were engraved or reproduced as chromolithographs. Burton Barber died at the premature age of 49.