Charlotte Johnson Wahl Biography – Charlotte Johnson Wahl Wiki
Charlotte Johnson Wahl was a professional painter and the mother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. She was known for her portrait painting, but she also painted cityscapes and landscapes.
She made her name as a professional portrait painter. In 2015, she told the Telegraph: “My older sister was terribly clever, as was my younger brother. My parents didn’t know what to do with me so they gave me some paints and I turned out to be good at it. Once I started I couldn’t stop.”
Born in 1942, she was the daughter of the barrister Sir James Fawcett, who was the president of the European Commission for Human Rights in the 1970s. She studied English at Oxford University but interrupted her studies to travel to the US with Stanley Johnson, whom she married in 1963. She later returned to complete her degree, becoming the first married female undergraduate at her college, Lady Margaret Hall, and achieving second-class honours.
Boris Johnson’s Mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl
She was the mother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. During the Conservative Party’s annual conference in 2019 the Prime Minister described his mother as the family’s “supreme authority” who taught him to believe in “the equal importance, the equal dignity, the equal worth of every human being on the planet”.
“I am going to quote that supreme authority in my family – my mother, and by the way for keen students of the divisions in my family on matters of the EU, I want you to know that I have kept the ace up my sleeve – my mother voted ‘leave,'” the Prime Minister said at the time.
Charlotte Johnson Wahl Husband
She married Stanley Johnson in 1963 and later became the first married woman to receive her undergraduate degree from Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall. The couple had four children before divorcing in 1979. During the marriage, she suffered a mental breakdown and was admitted to the Maudsley psychiatric hospital where she stayed for nine months. In 1988, she married Nicholas Wahl, an American professor, and moved to New York, where she painted cityscapes, which were the subject of a sell-out exhibition in 2004. She was widowed in 1996 and moved back to London.
Charlotte Johnson Wahl Children
She and Stanley Johnson had four children: the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, former MP Jo Johnson, the journalist Rachel Johnson, and the entrepreneur Leo Johnson. The prime minister’s son Wilfred, who was born in April 2020, was her 13th grandchild.
Charlotte Johnson Wahl Age
She was born in May 1942, in Oxford, England. She died on 13 September 2021, in London, England. She was 79.
Charlotte Johnson Wahl Death
Boris Johnson’s mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl died in a London Hospital on 13 September 2021 at the age of 79. The portrait painter passed away “suddenly and peacefully” at a London hospital, her family said in a statement to the Telegraph.
Following the sad news, condolences began to pour in on social media. Tory MP Conor Burns said: “So sad to hear of the death of Boris Johnson’s mum. Thoughts and prayers are with him and the whole of the Johnson clan.” Fellow Conservative Angela Richardson added: “Sad news for the PM tonight as well as the rest of the Johnson family. Thoughts with them all.”
Charlotte Johnson Wahl Cause of Death
Her cause of death was not immediately revealed.
Charlotte Johnson Wahl Illness
Charlotte Johnson Wahl was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 40. The illness affected her painting. In a 2008 interview, she said: “I try to paint every day if I possibly can, though I have to go to the hospital a lot. I still manage to paint, though my arm will suddenly do a movement which is completely unintentional and that almost brings me to tears.”