Born In: Oxford, United Kingdom
Charlotte Johnson Wahl was a British painter, better recognized as the mother of Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She was also the mother of politician Jo Johnson, journalist Rachel Johnson, and strategist and environmentalist Leo Johnson. Her first husband, Stanley Johnson, is a renowned author, environmentalist and a former politician. She was known for her use of vibrant colors in her own wildly original and provocative way to document her life. A renowned professional portrait painter, she was also famous for painting Vorticist style landscapes. She continued to paint despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 40. In January 2019, she and others who suffer from the disease protested in front of West London NHS against removing specialist nurses for them. Johnson Wahl died in London on September 13, 2021, at the age of 79.
Also Known As: Charlotte Maria Offlow Johnson Wahl
Died At Age: 79
Spouse/Ex-: Stanley Johnson (m. 1963–1979)
father: James Fawcett
mother: Frances Beatrice Lowe
Born Country: England
City: Oxford, England
education: Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
In 1962, while studying at Oxford, Charlotte Johnson Wahl met Stanley Johnson at a dinner at All Souls held to celebrate Stanley's winning of the Newdigate poetry prize. At the time, she was engaged to Wynford Hicks, who she thought was handsome but boring. Stanley sent her a note, and she fell in love with him on their first date. However, he had been offered a Harkness Fellowship to study in America, which prompted them to marry eight months later in 1963 in Marylebone, London, following which she accompanied him to the US. They had four children together: Boris (b.1964), Rachel (b.1965), Leo (b.1967), and Jo (b.1971). Her relationship with her husband deteriorated as he travelled extensively and became involved with other women. They divorced in 1979. She later met American academic (Nicholas Wahl) at a party in 1982. They bonded over her paintings and finally married in 1988. They remained together until his death in 1996.
Johnson Wahl died at St Mary's Hospital in London on September 13, 2021. She was 79.
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