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Isaac Buxton: unexecuted design for an observatory, 1773 (1)

Signed and dated

  • 1773


Little is known of Isaac Buxton (born 1733). In 1755 he married Sarah, the only daughter of Thomas Fowell, and in c1775-80 he built Belfield House, near Weymouth in Dorset to designs by John Crunden (c1741-1835).

Robert Adam made this design for a 20 foot-wide octagonal observatory for Buxton in 1773, and it has been suggested by King that it was intended for the park at Belfield. The observatory was not executed.

A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 53, 64; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 215; C. Mosley (ed.), Burke's peerage, baronetage & knightage, 2003, p. 618; British listed buildings online: 'Belfield House, Weymouth and Portland'

Frances Sands, 2013



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