John Hewitt (1907-1987) was born in Belfast. He was, in his own words, "an Irishman of planter stock, by profession an art gallery man, politically a man of the left". He was Keeper of Art at the Ulster Museum 1930-57. From 1957-72 he was the Director of the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. He retired and returned to Belfast, where he became a Director of the Lyric Theatre. In 1968 he published his "Collected Poems", "Out of my time" in 1974 and "Time enough" in 1976. He also published a book on the painter Colin Middleton and edited the poems of William Allingham.