SCHETKY, John Christian. 21564



Autograph Letter Signed, forwarding the two drawings of the Royal Yacht for his correspondent’s approval. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, in good condition. Royal Naval College [dated 1819 in a later collector’s hand]. John Christian Schetky (1778–1874), Scottish marine painter. Schetky studied art under Alexander Nasmyth. After travelling on the continent, he settled in Oxford, where he taught for six years as a drawing-master. In 1808 he obtained a post in the Royal Military College at Great Marlow; and three years later he was appointed professor of drawing in the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth, where he had ample opportunities for the study of his favourite marine subjects. Following the abolition of the Naval College, he held a similar professorship from 1836 to 1855 at the East India Company’s Military Seminary at Addiscombe, Surrey, where the cadets nicknamed him “Sepia Jack”. A memoir by his daughter, entitled Ninety Years of Work and Play, was published in 1877.