He lived at 14 Titchfied Terrace, North Gate, Regents Park, and was the father of the artist Helen Hatton.
Joseph Hatton was editor of The Gentleman's Magazine and People. It was probably in his capacity as journalist and editor that he was acquainted with Whistler in the late 1880s. A popular novelist, he wrote something over a hundred books including Club-land, London and Provincial, London, 1890, and Story of Walter Raleigh and a day in a tobacco factory, Copes Tobacco Plant, Liverpool, 1893 (originally published 1889).
Who was who: a companion to Who's who, Vol. 1, 1897/1915, London, 1920-21.