British School (18th / 19th Century) – The Philosophers


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Top: Learn to unlearn, what you have learnt amiss.
Bottom: Good education is the foundation of man’s happiness.
Watercolour with pen and ink on three separate sheets of laid and wove paper, (late 18th early 19th century). Some discolouration and foxing. Presented with a new mount in an antique carved frame of the period.

Top: 6.1 x 15.9 cm.
Middle: 9.9 x 17.8 cm.
Bottom: 6.4 x 16.2 cm.
Frame: 16 x 12 3/4 in. (40.5 x 32.3 cm.)


According to Hungarian mathematician John von Neumann, “for progress, there is no cure.” Yet, for progress to advance, diffuse, and become democratized, a culture of learning supported by rigorous analytic and critical thinking skills are imperative. Despite the irony, we must also develop an ability to unlearn what we have learned by letting go of foundational knowledge and cognitive habits that made us successful in the past but now stand in the way of embracing the future. The change includes incorporating transformative ways of seeing the world differently in response to the exponential growth of today’s increasingly complex technologies. Realizing that some of what we know is no longer so places us on a path toward discovering new knowledge. Embracing change is the essence of human evolution and crucial to future wealth creation, improved quality of life, and overall well-being.


Unidentified / Unknown Artist