J G C Schetky 1740-1824
Born at Darmstadt, he was intended for the law, but was determined to make music his career. He studied under Filtz and became 'cellist at the court of Hesse. In 1773, he was engaged for the St Cecilia Concerts in Edinburgh, where he afterwards settled permanently as a music teacher. Burns met Schetky when he was in Edinburgh, and remarked in a letter of 24th January 1788, to 'Clarinda' that he had been drinking with 'Mr Schetky, the musician, and he has set the song finely'. The song was 'Clarinda, mistress of my soul'. He is represented in the painting with his instrument.