Hutton originally planned to become a Unitarian minister but in 1855 he joined Bagehot in editing The National Review. In 1861 Hutton became joint editor and part owner of The Spectator. Over the next few years Hutton mainly contributed reviews of contemporary literature.
Books written by Hutton include Essays: Theological and Literary (1871), Some of the Modern Guides of English Thought in Matters of Faith (1877), Criticisms on Contemporary Thought and Thinkers (1894) and Aspects of Scientific and Religious Thought (1899).
Richard Holt Hutton died in 1897.