Boris Johnson buys a painting of himself and family relaxing at Chequers

Picture: Mary Casserley

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has bought a picture of his official country residence Chequers from an amateur artist.

Mary Casserley, 54, painted the scene in the style of a pre-war railway poster at her kitchen table.

She sent a copy to the PM “on a whim” and he replied that he’d like to buy the original.

Ms Casserley said:

“I don’t normally sell originals, but I do some commissions for £425.

“Everyone’s said they hoped I charged him a lot of money and I said ‘no’, I charged him the same price.”

The picture – called Chequers Court – shows Mr Johnson walking the dog Dilyn towards his fiancée Carrie Symonds and their son Wilfred having a picnic on the lawn.

Despite the quick response to Ms Casserley things went “silent”.

She chased up his office and payment was made promptly.


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.