Arthur Fuller Davis Gallery

Brief History

Arthur Fuller Davis was Acton's longest serving Librarian. He was born in 1863 in Roxbury, Massachusetts and at age 12 moved to 491 Main Street in Acton. He graduated from the Acton Center Grammar School and went on to study painting in Malden with Albion Bicknell. He later studied and worked in New York City.

In 1892, he returned to Acton where he continued his painting. In 1903 he was elected the Librarian of the Acton Memorial Library and served 43 years. His home at 491 Main Street was diagonally across the street from the Library, making for an easy commute. Most of his works show Acton as he saw it on his frequent walks and bicycle trips and from the windows of his home.

The detailed descriptions in his journals, and his many sketchbooks, give us a vivid picture of life in the Town over a period of 60 years. In 1935 he wrote a history of the Acton Memorial Library, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the town.

The Online Gallery

The Online Gallery contains 35 Arthur Davis paintings that currently belong to the Acton Memorial Library.  A guide to the collection, "Arthur Fuller Davis, A Descriptive List of Paintings," is available here in PDF format, and in print at the library's Reference Desk.


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Acton Memorial Library and Boys at Play Children at Play Dam on Concord Road, East Acton Nagog Tavern, about 1890 The Storm Sam Brown House Town Hall, Acton Autumn Scene Acton Center from the Memorial Library Departure of Davis Guards for Lowell, 1861 Acton Center School House Minute Men Leaving the Home of Captain Isaac Davis, April 19, 1775 Echo Lake, New Hampshire Shoddy Mill on River Street, South Acton Man Walking Through Fields Hillside in Early Fall Stone Wall, Acton Center Nashoba Brook Red Maple My First Watercolor On the Lake Shores. Forge Pond, Westford, 1912 Folly Cove, Annisquam Littleton from Fort Pond Hill, Newtown Road Autumn Scene Cows Grazing along Nashoba Brook Mr. Davis in his Garden Farmer in Blue Apron Still Life Ice House Pond Nashoba Brook Minute Men Leaving Home of Captain Isaac Davis, April 19, 1775 Summer Day Wharf at Annisquam Boathouse and Lake An Autumnal Hunting Scene The Old Canal The Brook Reflections in a Stream New England Rocks