Charlotte Johnson Wahl

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Charlotte Johnson Wahl
Charlotte Offlow Fawcett

May 1942 (age 76)
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Charlotte Maria Offlow Johnson Wahl (née Fawcett; born May 1942)[1] is a British artist.[2] She is the mother of Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and former Mayor of London.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born Charlotte Offlow Fawcett in Oxford, Johnson Wahl is the daughter of Frances (née Lowe) and James Fawcett.[4] She read English at Oxford University, and was the first married female undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall. She interrupted her studies to go to the US 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.[5]


Johnson Wahl is recorded as having "made her name as a professional portrait painter" for the likes of Crispin Tickell, Joanna Lumley, Jilly Cooper, and Simon Jenkins, but also does landscapes which have been described as echoing the Vorticist style.[6]

She continues to paint. Her paintings sell at prices from £1,000 to £5,000 for a large one.[3] Two of Wahl's paintings are in the collection of the Bethlem Museum of the Mind; another two are in the collections of Oxford University colleges.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson Wahl is the mother of politicians Boris Johnson and Jo Johnson, journalist Rachel Johnson and son Leo Johnson. She and Stanley later divorced in 1979. Johnson Wahl married American professor Nicholas Wahl in 1988, but she was widowed in 1996. Johnson Wahl was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 40.[5]


  1. ^ "Charlotte Maria Offlow JOHNSON WAHL". Personal Appointments. Companies House.
  2. ^ "Charlotte Johnson-Wahl profile". The Times. 15 May 2008. p. 15.
  3. ^ a b Llewellyn Smith, Julia (17 May 2008). "Boris Johnson, by his mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b Killen, Mary (March 2015). "Boris Johnson's mother on her brilliant brood". Tatler. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  6. ^ Jones, Jonathan (15 May 2008). "What would Boris's artist mum say about his train booze ban?". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
  7. ^ Charlotte Johnson Wahl paintings, BBC Your Paintings; accessed 1 May 2016.

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