Carol Hogben obituary

By Mark Haworth-Booth

Carol Hogben, who has died aged 90, was one of the most remarkable museum curators of modern times. Based at the Victoria and Albert Museum, he was particularly prescient and influential in the fields of design, photography and prints, and was an early and important champion of Kenneth Grange, Henri Cartier-Bresson and David Hockney. His exhibitions and acquisitions were on a grand scale. If one phrase could sum him up, it is Keats's “a fine excess”.

Carol's greatest contribution was as deputy keeper of the V&A's circulation department (the travelling exhibition service) in the 1960s and early 70s. Carol ran the “college” side of the operation, which served educational institutions and university galleries. He bought contemporary works, because that is what college students wanted to see.

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