In conjunction with marine artist, John Ford
FASMA, Adelaide Proformat
is able to offer our clients a very special service.
If we find the immigrant vessel that brought your ancestors
we can commission John Ford to
prepare a wonderful watercolour of the vessel. The process
undertaken is two-fold.
Firstly Adelaide Proformat undertake
to research the circumstances of the arrival of your colonists.
In some case this means locating the vessel concerned and
we would point out that if this is unknown then there is
the possibility that the work will end at this early stage
and the cost will be just AUD35.00. This is because:
• Not all passenger lists have survived.
• Sometimes surviving lists do not name all the passengers.
• Some colonies did not collect or keep all the records.
• Some states have made the records more accessible
• Some people transferred en route and carried on
their journey overland and/or by coastal shipping.
'China' off Holdfast Bay 14 Dec 1847
If you can supply the name of the vessel and the date of
the voyage then unless asked to check Adelaide
Proformat will accept this as correct. We
cannot then accept responsibility if you subsequently discover
you have the wrong information. To check your information
will cost AUD35.00.
Once the particular voyage is known, we undertake a range
of studies to determine the circumstances of the arrival
in an effort to make the illustration as accurate as possible.
This work includes determining the ownership of the vessel
which in turn leads to the design of the vessel and the
colours of the hull etc, the rigging, and the weather to
determine the state of the sea, sky and the amount of sail
being employed. This work also determines the likelihood
of any other vessels in the vicinity. The cost of this research
is rather open ended and dependent on where the records
are held, but usually totals no more than AUD105.00.
This information is then passed on to the marine historian/artist,
John Ford of Port Adelaide who
then determines the presentation in water colour. His fee
is very much determined by the size of painting you seek
and the costs range from AUD400 upwards. John will require
an advanced deposit of a quarter of the total quote. You
can advise your budget for the painting and John will determine
the size of the painting. Packaging and delivery to your
door will also be determined at the time of the request.
You may seek to depict a specific incident in the painting
such as unloading the vessel at Port Adelaide etc and this
will be investigated and you will be advised if this can
be done. If you do not request a setting, then the artist
will determine. A very popular scene is to depict the vessel
off the coast with a prominent geographical feature in the
A timeline cannot be determined precisely for any of this
work as it is very much dependent on the state of our order
books at the time of the commissioning. You can expect a
painting to take about eight weeks from the time of paying
the deposit. To start the process just contact Adelaide
1. Both John Ford and
Adelaide Proformat reserve the
right to refuse a commission.
2. Artists in Australia retain the copyright of their paintings
for 50 years after their death and permission has to be
sought before photographing or copying.