Frank Taylor not only was a superb artist, he also was able to write about what he saw. Nowhere are his writings more important than in the Thousand Islands.
“Hay fever and malaria, he said, forced him to slow down somewhat, prompting a trip to document the resort area of the Thousand Islands for Harper’s Weekly readers in 1881”. He was one of the first members of the Round Island Association and chose the Shady Ledge property for its location. It was no coincidence that the placement of the boathouse was ideal for an artist studio. “His work increasingly focused on tourist brochures, and his acceptance of the Philadelphia Ledger’s offer to head their newly created art department, effectively ended his Special Artist life of constant travel.”