I also have purchased a small approx. 7.5 X 9" painting (print?) on gold of 2 birds (Skylarks?)on Dogwood. This is signed in black ink by William J. Whiteside at the lower right hand corner.I traced this name to Surrey BC also England.I rec'd this reply from a curator at a museum in Surrey BC.: The only William J. Whiteside I can identify who had any connection with Surrey, B.C., was William James Whiteside, a judge in the Indian Civil Service, who was the father of two brothers, Walter and Guy Whiteside, who both farmed in Surrey from the later 1880s to the early 1900s. I've seen no evidence that W.J. Whiteside lived in Surrey himself (I suspect he retired in India or England), but if he did paint, one of his sons could have inherited his work. Walter Whiteside died in 1945; his only child, Arthur, predeceased him in 1918. Guy and Ellen Whiteside had six children, Maurice, Ada, Richard, Darcy, Gladys and Fred. Guy died in 1960, Ellen the year before. Richard Whiteside was the author of "The Surrey Pioneers" (1974), a compendium of Surrey biographies, from which these details are taken. There are copies of "The Surrey Pioneers" in Surrey Public Library branches and here at the City Archives.
If anyone can give me a clue of this artist's background I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you, Paula