Charlotte Johnson Wahl
Charlotte Maria Offlow Johnson Wahl (née Fawcett; 29 May 1942 – 13 September 2021) was a British artist. She was the mother of Boris Johnson, prime minister of the United Kingdom since 2019, along with journalist Rachel Johnson and politician Jo Johnson.
Charlotte Johnson Wahl
Charlotte Offlow Fawcett
29 May 1942
|Died||13 September 2021 (aged 79)|
|Alma mater||Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford|
Early life and education
Born Charlotte Offlow Fawcett in Oxford, Charlotte Johnson Wahl was the daughter of Frances (née Lowe) and James Fawcett. She was the granddaughter of Americans Elias Avery Lowe, a palaeographer of Lithuanian Jewish descent, and Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter, a translator. She read English at Oxford University, and was the first married female undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall. She interrupted her studies to visit the United States with her husband Stanley Johnson whom she met at Oxford and married in Marylebone, London, in 1963. She later returned and was awarded a second-class honours degree.
Johnson Wahl was recorded as having "made her name as a professional portrait painter" for Crispin Tickell, Joanna Lumley, Jilly Cooper, Simon Jenkins, and others, but she also painted landscapes which have been described as echoing the Vorticist style.
Her shows at the Maudsley Hospital in London in 1974, in Brussels in 1970s, and at the Gavin Graham Gallery in London in 2004 were sold out. A retrospective exhibition of her work at Mall Galleries in London in 2015 was also successful.
Johnson Wahl was the mother of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, former MP Jo Johnson (now Baron Johnson of Marylebone), journalist Rachel Johnson, and entrepreneur Leo Johnson. She and Stanley Johnson divorced in 1979. Johnson Wahl then married American professor Nicholas Wahl in 1988, but was widowed in 1996. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 40.
In 2015, the Evening Standard referred to Johnson Wahl as "left-wing", with her daughter Rachel stating that her father Stanley "tends to marry socialists." Rachel noted that her mother was "the only red in the village when we lived on Exmoor".
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