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