Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) and Winslow Homer (1836–1910) are two of the great commercial illustrators of the nineteenth century. Working in France during a period of political and social tumult, Daumier produced satirical cartoons and caricatures for a variety of publications, including Le Charivari. In the United States, from 1857 to 1875 Homer created illustrations of everyday life for Harper’s Weekly, and was dispatched to the front lines to record scenes from the Civil War.
Local artist Anthony Saris (1923–2011) produced commercial illustrations for a wide range of publications, as well as for television. Born in Chicago, Saris lived and worked in New York City, summering in Bolton Landing. His drawings ranged from detailed depictions of nature to images from pop culture.
Anthony Saris continued the tradition of illustration through the 20th century and into the new medium of television.